*This book is now available for purchase, just click on the cover above. I will also have them available at the opening reception for my show , February 4th, in Lexington, KY.
When I set out last year on my journey of doing pieces for my upcoming show in February, 2010, I had a lot of ideas for the paintings themselves, writings that would be part of them, and a book to contain it all. I was already in my “Yes” mode and decided that every idea I had for this body of work that I would, well…, stay true to it. What follows is my “manifesto” of sorts. I wrote it, then printed it out to hang on my studio door in order to remind me of what I wanted to do, why it mattered,….and I must tell you, I stopped to read it more than a few times—when I was tired, when I was stuck, when I didn’t feel particularly inspired. And every time it helped put me back on my path.
Big Ideas. I’ve had big ideas before. They live large and elegantly within my ego. It is the transportation from the unseen to the seen that things can break down–the vision sputter and die in transit. That is what part of my mind is doing in the moment. “you’ve had big ideas before—ordered all the stuff, even maybe followed through on it–somewhere you start cashing in your chips, trading fearlessness for safety. Trimming back the dream as you go to make it fit in your small world. The result being something neither you nor anyone else particularly likes or gets excited over. So the key must be in keeping the original vision strong and growing stronger, adding to it as you go–never diminishing, never trading down. How is this done? Contemplating the end from the beginning. My vision must be kept in the mode of how may I serve? How can I best share beauty, love, joy, peace, harmony with the world. It is all about love. I must carry that with me every day into each painting, into each decision, into each interaction. Viewing it with the joy of a child on how can I make this the biggest, bestest artwork on the planet! BE vigilant in guarding my joy. This must not be work. It must not even smell of work, or obligation, or musts. It is my joy in this moment in this life I have been given to create and co create with my source things of astounding joy. Full of movement, grace, abundance, eloquence, depth of passion The world is our canvas How shall we paint Let us dip our brushes into hearts overflowing with love knowing that all things work together for our good. Nothing is too good to happen to us. We are loved, we are safe. All is well.
That’s it, verbatim, bad grammar and all…:). Those were my real thoughts concerning how I began this body of paintings. And my intention for sharing this is that if it resonates with you, it will give you courage to make your artwork “the biggest, bestest artwork on the planet” (yes, I did say bestest) Or if artwork is not what you do, the vision to do your thing the biggest and bestest way you can do it. You deserve no less, your work deserves no less, and those of us waiting for your gift, deserve no less.
The world is your canvas. How shall you paint?
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