Finding Joy

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a goal-setting, list-making perfectionist, who has been able to accomplish whatever I set my mind on accomplishing.  There is a bit of success that comes with this but the cost is in the measure of joy I have along the way.   It’s a tough road to travel when one is constantly striving to be more, be better, be enough.  There is no time to admire the scenery.  There is no stopping to refill my fuel tank.  And there is no stretch of highway that doesn’t have a road block of expectations (usually my own) hampering my progress.

When it comes to joy… you can’t get there from here.Beacon of Light

So, I’m throwing away the map that got me to this point and trusting my inner compass instead.  It’s been trying to lead the way but I’ve been ignoring it on this race to the top.  The top of what?  Some future achievement?  When?  Always later, I  now realize.  There is no destination on this kind of a journey.  It’s a constant push for a future reward that comes at a price, if it comes at all.

Relax and Release

Someone said that depression is a focus on the past and anxiety is a focus on the future.  The only way to be happy is to “Focus on the Present”.   Let me throw in a few more affirmations for good measure- Go with the Flow; Let Go; Take What’s Working and Leave the Rest; Seize the Day.  You get the point and finally, I do, too.

One of the first things I did to nurture myself this year was register for LifeBook 2015, the amazing online art experience… the art extravaganza, actually… created by Tamara Laporte.  She organized a yearlong exploration of art through a variety or techniques and mediums as taught by over 25 artists, including Joanne Sharpe, Flora Bowley, Jane Davenport, Alisa Burke, and herself.  It’s contemplative, it’s creative, and most of all it’s FUN!!

Art Feeds My Soul

It’s time to enjoy life and release what no longer serves.   I don’t know how many of you out there are Type-A perfectionists like me but to say “That’s enough” and most important, “I’m enough” is huge!!!  I have given myself permission to play and have fun along the way.

These are some of the pieces I’ve created through LifeBook so far this year.  This experience is for the joy of creating and that’s all.  And that’s enough.

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Girl on a Wire

 

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Affirmation Feather


DreamCatcher  

Blessing and Being BLessed Jar

 

 

 

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Winged Spirit- Soar to New Heights

Winged Spirit emerged from the canvas to remind us that we should release our burdens and soar to new heights.

Winged Spirit emerged from the canvas to remind us that we should release our burdens and soar to new heights.

Winged Spirit speaks to me, gently saying “Release what no longer serves so you can soar to new heights.”  Her wings are strong yet nurturing. “Fear not,” she continues, “when you have the courage to take a leap, Spirit will carry you safely on the wind. You will not fall.”  What wonderful advice as we head into 2015, a new year & an opportunity for a new beginning!

By letting go of my preconceived idea of what this canvas could be, Winged Spirit continued to reveal herself.

By letting go of my preconceived idea of what this canvas could be, Winged Spirit continued to reveal herself.

Winged Spirit emerged from layers of acrylic paint playfully applied with a variety of tools- brushes, a spray bottle, sponges, a fork, stencils, stamps, and my fingertips.  I was able to connect with this piece far more deeply than I had with some of my earlier work because I allowed myself to enjoy the process and let whatever was going to happen happen.  Surrender… a new concept for me.

After freely applying several layers of paint without any thought to the outcome, I saw Winged Spirit peeking through the drips, splashes, and strokes.

After freely applying several layers of paint without any thought to the outcome, I saw Winged Spirit peeking through the drips, splashes, and strokes.

 

Early in the fall, I strolled into my local fabric store and happened upon a display of art-related books.  As soon as I read the title “Brave Intuitive Painting”, I knew I had to have Flora Bowley’s book for that’s exactly what I would love to call my painting process.  But I can’t.  Not yet.  I stayed up late into the night soaking up her advice, techniques, and colorful examples, enthusiastically telling my boyfriend, “If I could write a book, this is exactly what I’d want to say!!”  She encourages artists to release preconceived ideas of a finished product and immerse ourselves in the process of discovery… and self-discovery.  The book led me to her website which led me to her e-course called Bloom True.  I highly recommend it for anyone to wants to break free of expectations and allowing the experience of creating art to be a more intuitive process.

The point of taking Flora Bowley’s workshop is not to copy her style.  Rather, the point is to honor the authentic creator in my Self, silence the critical mind for a while, and just BE.

Visit my shop on Etsy to view the art I currently have for sale.  www.etsy.com/shop/PureSusan