“All About The Journey” (24×24) Acrylic on Canvas (12/2017)
To be an artist is to know what it is to be terrified and thrilled about what you do all at the same time.
To be an artist is to understand that every time we share a tangible form of our creative expressions we risk being judged and ridiculed.
To be an artist is to know that the sting of another’s criticism pales in comparison to the bite of our own.
To be an artist is to understand that embarrassments are temporary and dreams are relentless.
To be an artist is to comprehend that continuing on with our quest is not an option, it is something that must be done.
To be an artist is to know first hand how good it feels to grab a thought from the universe, work with it until it materializes then release it back into the universe. .
To be an artist is to understand that we no longer strive for a destination, we simply accept that the journey is what it is all about.
If you like this one please watch the Two Minute Video to see how I did it. The original painting and giclee prints are available in my Etsy Shop.
In 2007, I picked up a book titled “The Artists’s Way” by Julia Cameron that changed my life in two ways. First, Julia’s “Morning Pages” concept sowed the seed within me that has now become a habit of daily journaling. Second, Julia’s suggestion that one makes time for “Artist Dates” also took hold over the course of time. At first I scoffed a bit at the idea of going out and spending time with Me doing whatever I desired so that I might be inspired. After all, I had a family, responsibilities and a job and those things had always sat higher on the Totem Pole than my self-indulgent desire for creative inspiration. I now realize that my family and my “job” are dependent upon my inspiration.
Artist Field Trips are now so much a part of my life that they often occur without planning or intention, they just happen. That painting that inspired me so while Tammy and I walked around in the streets of Key West, that sunrise over North Lake last winter when the sound of cracking ice echoed through the frozen air and then the summer day when I captured video in the spectacular mountains of Southern Colorado, those are the Artist Field Trips that shape who I am.