Painting has taught me a lot. It has gifted me a collection of little wisdoms that I’ve stacked like a cairn marking my path. I love them. They ground me and frame how I craft my art, writing, life, business and relationships.
Here are some insights painting has taught me:
Believe in Magic
Not everything can be explained with our limited senses. Magic is the smallest act; a perfect brush stroke, eye-popping shade of red, the realization of a long-awaited dream, and the way people interact. Magic is love, synchronicity, beauty, chemistry, and fun. Why not believe?
Cultivate an Inner-Coach
At its surface the creative process is a storm of emotion and activity, but just underneath is eternal. This gentle coach fosters growth and keeps me motivated. “You aren’t done yet,” it whispers. “Keep learning and growing. Even if it doesn’t look right, it is perfectly OK. You are on the right path.”
Pay Attention & Inspiration Unfolds
Stay present and open fearlessly to the abundance in your craft. It is always there even if you don’t see it. When you pay attention, inspiration multiplies and emerges from an epic abstract painting, an original song, a beautiful sunset, an awesome beach run or majestic mountain peaks. The world is fascinating. Look, trust, accept the pace as it is offered. Inspiration always comes.
Intuition is a guide best understood with the body. It is a quiet, wise, inner voice whispering wisdom that the mind doesn’t understand. Trust and listen carefully.
Creativity is a Learning Process
There is no such thing as a creative person. There are only people open to experiencing the creative process which includes a multitude of mistakes, blunders, wonders, learnings, and triumphs. Commit to the creative tools and techniques of your desire and dive into your creativity. A creative life is for everyone.
Let the Vision Emerge
Be clear about your values and act in alignment with them. Clarity allows a vision to emerge. It takes time and patience but trust it. Sometimes the outcome is completely wonderfully surprising.