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Friday, May 16, 2008

My Answers to Janet


Artists are a complex breed. My friend Janet at The Lavender Loft has inspired a post that started out as a lengthy comment to her many questions of self doubt. Janet asks; “What is it I'm missing?? Where do I belong in this world of art? Is it just this art funk I'm in that's making me question everything? Do others go through this, too?”

I think spirit moves through us onto the paper, canvas, into sewing and decorating projects, onto a decorated cake, choice of clothes and hair styles! So Janet as much as you may try to dissect the process it’s possibly a futile endeavor. I don’t think we have as much choice when it comes to art as we may think we do.

Sometimes I have ideas I try to execute on canvas but I’m hijacked by something greater than myself. The outcome is often very surprising!

Where does witty humor and great wisdom come from? Do we really know? It feels like a separate entity! Often times I will hear unprocessed thoughts exit my mouth that astonish me! I’m left wondering; where the heck did that come from! Absolutely dumbfounded by some of my wit and wisdom! I just don't feel connected to it! Others times I have threads of thought processed together to find a conclusion. But it’s the awe inspiring creative ideas that grow from thin air that wow me most! That’s when I know there is a higher power involved!

Janet says,” Searching for my true self is exhausting!”

True self is an illusion, an ever changing process evolving according to our experiences, and education! All fuel for the creative process I’m sure! Release yourself from the thought of true self, express what you need to say in the moment. Replace it with “being true to yourself.” Being an Artist is a constant exploration! The style you’re involved in now would just be one series of the many you have dabbled in! Liberate yourself from judgment and enjoy the process.

Others introduced me as an artist long before I dared label myself as one. It was an epiphany when I realized it was the artist within that drove me to constantly challenge my creative side. Everything I did from decorating, crocheting, playing the piano, painting furniture, to digging to the bottom of a huge bin to find a lime green jelly shoe to match my daughters outfit was fostered by my creative soul! There was a stifled artist desperate to flourish. Luckily I realized it in my late forties!

My mom was always very creative and used hairdressing as one medium to express her artistic side; until it became so redundant she hated it! The sad thing is I remember my grandmother had put two halves of a foil pie plate together with some flowers in it. Although it was quite tacky I can’t help but wonder what would have transpired if she had the chance to freely explore her artistic side. When she was around sixty she wanted to paint a red ceiling in her kitchen, I remember my mother and aunt freaked out on her. Criticized it as an absolutely idiotic idea, chalked it up to her alcoholism. I think she died never having completely expressed her inner artist! My brother is a very natural comedian, also very creative in all he does, yet he refuses to explore those gifts. I fear he may never fully experience the man he was meant to be either!

Sometimes spirit takes a rest, giving us time to explore other artists,their different styles, until spirit is again sparked to produce!

Janet on my side bar I have Artist quotes that change daily. Many of your doubts have been felt by several artists over the ages! Art ON Janet, and just enjoy being in the moment!

6 comments:

Janet said...

You sure have given me a lot to think about with this post! Thank you for taking the time to put this together and respond to my questions.

I always love your blog and feel inspired when I leave it. You have such a gift with both words and images.

I felt sad when I read about your grandmother and the red ceiling that she didn't get. Maybe her alcoholism was a way to deal with her lack of freedom for her creative expression. We should all have the freedom to express ourselves creatively. Thank you for showing me that so clearly.

Tammy said...

You are a wise soul! (((HUGS)))

CattyCat said...

This is a wonderful post for our mutual dear friend Janet. I love the way your mind works and that you can move from mind to words. That is something (a talent) many lack. You are gifted in that ability for sure.

Maryellen

forgetfulone said...

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Lucy said...

You always manage to 'see clearly' and help not only those with questions, but anyone lucky enough to know you or your writings.
I'm so happy your found your creativity! I'm so happy you generously share it with us! I'm so happy Janet has you for a friend, and I do too! ♥
I love your decoupage art pic.
I wish your grandmother would have lived long enough to read your wisdom and get out that Red paint! your insight to her dormant creative side, shows me how senstitive and thoughtful you truly are. xoxo

Mary Timme said...

Wish I'd said that! It is true. Finding myself, for me at least, isn't the goal of the journey that is called life. Knowing from Whom I come is. You said all this so well!

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