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Go make some Art!
I had intended to write a newsletter about new products this week. But life sometimes gets in the way.
Some things happened this past week that have given me the opportunity to think and evaluate things, which is important to do every now and then.
Two of my instructors (Jill Berry and Charity Blaser) both unexpectedly ended up in the hospital facing surgery. Hospital stays and surgeries have a way of forcing us to look at our lives and our choices, not to mention the havok it brings to families and jobs and schedules, and the worry and stress that goes along with it. It is scary dealing with unexpected medical issues.
The other thing that happened was my Aunt Mary passed away. She was elderly and had health issues, but it is still difficult to lose a family member, even if you know they have lived a long and full life. When somebody we know and love dies, we start reflecting on our own lives and situations.
One thing I noticed most was that each of these women live their lives doing what they love and they make sure it is part of their everyday life.
My Aunt Mary was a wonderful artist and is one of the few people I know that made a good living and supported themselves and a family from art. She believed in her art and her abilities and she made it work. Her art was part of who she was. She started when she was very young and just kept doing it. She did some teaching but I think that was often just for the enjoyment of it, because she really did make money from her Art. But she made time for her art on a regular basis.
Jill is also a wonderful artist who teaches worldwide and has written books and is extremely creative. She believes in what she does. Her art is part of who she is and she makes sure she has the time and the energy and the skills she needs to continue making art and to share what she knows with others. She takes the time to have art be a regular part of her day. It is important to her.
Charity is also an artist and a teacher. She is extremely generous with what she shares and she has a passion for art and for teaching. She is gentle and kind with students and always positive and upbeat. She loves helping new students see what they are capable of doing. She makes sure she has time for art every day, whether it is for herself or for others.
So are you making the time to create and make art? Are you doing something creative every day? Are you learning and growing? Are you participating? Or are you waiting?
Don't make the mistake of waiting until everything lines up perfectly. Because I will tell you that isn't going to happen. The time to make art is RIGHT NOW! Not when you have more time or more money. Not when you retire. Not when your kids are grown and move away. Not when you have read all the books and watched all the you-tube videos. Not when you have enough supplies. Not when you know enough. Not when you are good enough!
You need to go make Art NOW!
Be messy and make mistakes and play and laugh and have fun with it. Art is healing on so many levels. I want you to enjoy it. I want it to nourish you. I want it to be an important part of your life. I want it to make you happy.
Take a moment to reflect on your own creative journey and where you are on that path. Are you just starting out? Are you well on your way? Are you looking for a new path? Have you made a detour? No matter what, just keep going. Enjoy the process of creativity and make it part of your everyday life.
PS. Take a moment to send positive healing thoughts and prayers to Jill and Charity. I know we are all wishing them a speedy recovery.
Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play
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