WOW, I’m hooked – my first art show was amazing! Did I sell all of my paintings? Mmmmm, no. Did I make enough money for a trip to New Zealand? Nope. Am I now an in-demand artist with more commissions than I can manage? Hardly!
What I DID earn was a deeper understanding of how art can touch the inner core of people. It seems to bring a deep-down longing to the surface that when gently noticed, can facilitate a reassuring human connection.
When I heard “they are so relaxing”, I rejoiced because this world is anything but. It’s astounding to me that my work could bring up that response while standing in a small public tent with strangers at an art fair. I am grateful and humbled by the ability to do so.
To the lovely woman who had to retire early from her beloved career due to multiple strokes – I loved visiting with you, keep on reaching for that fulfilling way to help others! I know you’ll find it.
To the kind woman who connected with my favorite painting enough to take home to live with her – THANK YOU for your understanding when I bagged it for you with tears in my eyes. Your hugs spoke appreciation for the heart and soul poured into that creation. I know it has a wonderful home and I am now empowered to do it again.
To the many people who walked out of my booth sighing “YOU are so talented!” – fight for that spark inside of you that longs to express and create! I know it’s there, don’t give up looking until you find it. Just know it won’t look like anyone else’s spark and that is a Good Thing.
I used to BE one of those people who thought the artists sitting in their booths were “so lucky”. For many years I had office jobs and crammed creative things into the hungry spaces when I had time. But I mostly feasted on other’s creative outpourings and sighed too…
Thankfully, that is no longer my story and I have my supportive husband to thank for that. I do believe, though, that everyone has a creative “something” just waiting to be released. Please, please please don’t ignore or discount it!
This world needs your creative cooking, crafting, computer skills, networking, problem solving, gardening – the list literally goes on forever. Let’s encourage each other in living with passion and purpose. Are you with me?