|Takako’s first watercolor done in class- YAY!!!!|
This quote really speaks to me. and I firmly believe it’s true. Everyone can shine, and what’s more, it would be my hope that everyone will be able to shine! In my art classes, that is truly my goal for each student. I celebrate right along with them when they do something they love!
I marvel every day of late at the fact that I have the ability to paint and work as an artist! I also have a new-found avenue for poetry and writing. Who would have thought? Certainly not me! It was not my intention to go out and find a job as an artist. It was not my intent to become a poet…How did I get here? What has the journey taught me?
I got here by pursuing what brings me joy. Joy is not the same as happiness for me…it’s deeper.
The pursuit of joy is not necessarily easy…it can involve stepping out into uncomfortable realms. It can require paying attention to the “inner voice” which beckons you. It can be accompanied by anxiety. But it boils down to being determined, and refusing to let fear dictate your actions.
For me, joy is the result of faith. Faith in a higher power, and faith in the fact that as a child of God, I am capable of wondrous and marvelous things. I don’t have to have faith in my own capacity and ability, I can send that faith a little further up the ladder and relax, knowing that it’s not all up to me. What a relief!
|Swimming With the Fishes- Watercolor and Acrylic Line
New Painting by Rebecca Zdybel
When I am “in the zone” while painting or drawing… I feel as if I am meditating. Perhaps I am channeling spirit at those moments. Who is to say?
Am I the creator of the paintings which come off my brush?
Do the words that come to me while writing all come from within?
Perhaps I am simply channeling the creative Spirit of God…or maybe it has nothing to do with me, and comes down to the fact that all creation is “of God”? I like this idea. I find it romantic to think there is something a little divine at work in the process of making art. By giving credit to a higher power for that source of inspiration, I somehow feel freer to celebrate the result. I can stand back and say, “isn’t that cool?!” and not feel as if I am somehow being a braggart.
|Humming in the Hibiscus- Watercolor on Aquabord
New Painting by Rebecca Zdybel
We should all feel free to celebrate our creations. If they bring us pleasure and achieve what we hope, why not celebrate? Few of us will be art superstars. Fewer of us will sell what we paint. Does it invalidate what we do? Absolutely NOT!
Celebrate the art which you create…it IS cool when you make time to be creative, and if you enjoy doing it, then there need be nothing further required. It doesn’t have to be great, you don’t need anyone’s validation, you don’t have to frame it, you don’t have to sell it.
It’s enough that it brings you joy just doing it!
|A painting by Susan done at an Arty Party with me-
definitely worth celebrating!
I encourage you to celebrate the divine in me…and in YOU! After all, you deserve the same loving-kindness which you extend to others.
Namaste my friends…
Artist, Instructor, Art-Travel Instructor
Art Lessons in all media
Myrtle Beach, SC
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