I’m sure you guessed the relationship. Daniel Messner is my son. He attends College upstate New York. He also has been an active collaborator in my journey to break my 30 year art block. This post is to honor his love and support to his mom.
First I want to show his artistic expression when he was around 7 years old. When I broke my art block I did at a paint your own pottery place in Brooklyn. He reluctantly came with me but this is what came out of showing up.
Ceramic Glazed Tile by Daniel Messner
This is my favorite tile. Kudos Dan!
Here we are at my first show at the Art Students League in New York. I believe it was 2006.
I have been on a journey in the last year plus creating a business that promotes art for arts sake. I am a 64 year old woman artist who came out of the cave in 2009 when I was laid off of a 20 year job as a legal secretary. I didn’t know that this was the start of being reborn.
I was a slave to the belief that art would never support me. I was 50 years old when I finally broke my 30 year artist block and came back to joy of who I truly am. I have not gone back to the security of a corporate job since.
THIS IS NOT AN EASY TASK!! Especially with ADHD and learning disabilities. However, I finally became the artist I was meant to be. I didn’t think twice as I took the actions to be showing my work. There were many times I was the only woman and the oldest artist in a group show. But I knew I was a good artist. I never compared myself to others and was able to engage all the artists as comrades.
For the first time I stopped trying to be better than others. I am an artist among artists. So I can be connected with people whatever age they are. I feel I can be any age in my mind. I have the joy of living.
So my business is about engaging people to be creative. I’m teaching iPad painting classes around the Hudson Valley in New York. I got my first iPad in 2011 for my 60th birthday. I found art apps and my world of creativity exploded. I have become a more prolific artist with this technology.
I’m the Pied Piper of iPad art and I’m finally being heard. I was co-curator at an exhibition on digital art with a focus on iPad painting. I’m teaching workshops at gallery. The Riverdale Press gave a good review of the show. The community is aware of my name.
Here is my mission statement for Fearless Creativity Art for Arts Sake:
“FEARLESS CREATIVITY is about art is important for everyone. Creativity is not just for the talented. The mission of Fearless Creativity is to engage people who believe they are not creative by participating in non-judgmental art classes using traditional art mediums and technology with iPads and smartphones. In doing art for fun and expression they will experience a psychic change in how they are in the world. Today’s world is a fearful place. More than ever people experience worry and depression. The result is high levels of cortisol consistently destroying health. Art soothes the mind and helps us solve problems creatively. It reduces stress and lowers cortisol so are health improves. Our lives expand, love increases and we have hope. “
Created by Jean Messner on iPad using ArtRage app
Yesterday I was in a pity pot about how awful my life is. I’ll never be successful with my creative business and I will end up living in poverty. AND I DON’T HAVE A VALENTINE!! HYSTERICAL!!!
I had to meet my ex-husband in the city in -15 degree weather. I hopped onto the 1 train and continued to cry under my two wool scarves. Then I peered up from my hide-out and noticed a young couple across the way happy to be together on Valentines Day. THIS CHANGED MY BRAIN!! I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A WONDERFUL PICTURE!! I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE THEIR PICTURE FOR MY BLOG.
I FORGOT ALL MY PROBLEMS AND NOW KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE SO MUCH A PART OF MY LIFE AND ART.
I have to say that perserverance pays off!! The Blue Door Gallery is having a ground breaking show. After over a year of promoting iPad painting in their gallery and many one day workshops given, my vision is coming to fruition!
The show is called.”FUTURE/CANVAS: THE EMERGENCE OF DIGITAL ART”. It is in Yonkers, New York, 13 Riverdale Avenue and it will run from February 13th – March 5th. Opening reception February 13th 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
I’m the co-curator. The digital painting below was created on the iPad ArtRage app by Debbie Eisman.
Well it is very hard to come back and post after my last post. Being transparent with my ADHD in my last post brought up a lot of emotion. That is the nature of the beast. Doubt and shame. Also every day I didn’t post made it harder to post. I kept listing “post on blog” every day and avoided it.
My whole life I ran from the world. I had many good ideas and people behind me. I couldn’t bring them to fruition and disappeared. I left many things that could have been profitable behind me. I NEVER BELIEVED IN MYSELF.
Today I am facing my demons of running away. I will keep trudging the creative path that is divinely given to me.
I’m back on my post and I will keep doing this post. I’m not perfect and perfectionism is will kill me.
GETTING BACK ON THE HORSE!!! I’M A SUCCESSFUL ADHD ARTIST TODAY!