Monday, September 10, 2012

do that thing that comes easiest to you


This weekend, a dear friend of mine sat and talked with me while I painted.  And one thing she asked me resonated with me all weekend. 

"where do you get your inspiration?"

This question is a very hard one for me to answer with much specificity. 
Truth is, i find inspiration in everything....

EVERYTHING....

i wish i were exaggerating...but it is true...every single thing, moment, person, conversation, environment, etc....i see things i wish i had the time to expand upon or give proper alms to in the form of a painting, drawing photo, print, or sculpture...or even in some form of writing... EVERYTHING....truth is...it gets overwhelming at times...not just at times...in fact...most of the time...and that's why, in recent months...i am grateful to have had some somewhat serendipitous epiphanies, moments which have directed me to painting the lotus.

the words:

"that thing that is the easiest for you to do, THAT is what you are supposed to be doing."

This was said to me in person, and then i heard the exact same statement over and over again, in various places, until, i finally just gave in....and started painting the lotus on a regular basis...
You see, the reason i say, "gave in" is because i was in the mindset that art had to be difficult and multifaceted and there should be some sort of soul searching struggle in its' creation and in its' presentation....that painting simple forms wasn't real art...
Yeah, i know...

"why?"

(that's another story alltogether)

so about 4 years ago, at a teacher workshop, i was given a photo of a lotus, and an assignment to share with students. It was then that i actually got to paint simply for the joy of painting....

i still have that lotus...it was the first time i ever painted one...and it came so easily that this was what i thought of immediately...

In the time period that i started painting the lotus again...which i just realized was actually over a year and a half ago now...not the few months ago like i previously said (time flies)....i also started my yoga studies...and in that period came to understand more and more about the symbolism of the lotus... how the lotus has to push through the murky waters to rise above it all and face the sun...i love that idea...rising above all of the darkness and choosing to face the sun..how lovely is that? How delicate and yet full of strength and and beauty...i love this...

and so, for now..this is where my inspiration is coming from...

RISE ABOVE IT ALL!

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