Lately I’ve been cognitively challenged in respect to painting. I am turning 67 in August so I am wondering if my mind is more confused now. However, artists should always be welcoming the ups and downs in their creative process if they want to be good.
I decided to challenge my challenge by enrolling in a painting class at Lehman College in the Bronx. Now I’m out of my comfort zone and doing a reset as a beginner. My theory is when I’m stuck revert back to being a beginner. Now every Thursday morning I take the crowded BX10 bus and show up at 9:30 am even when my mind says “I don’t wanna”. Even when there isn’t an inspirational thought in my head. I get to the studio and work on a painting project that is dictated by the professor. This gets me out of doing it my way. Humility. Now I stare at a blank canvas with a blank mind. God what can I paint??? I have to paint my first self portrait. Ugh. Just do it Jean. Whatever comes out comes out. So here is my first self portrait in acrylic.
THE COMFORT ZONE- I am very happy there. Why do I need to leave it?
I have created a vision and I believe in it totally. I have a lot of interest in my iPad painting workshop. But I am stuck on approaching new clients. I am fighting my past behavior of creating excitement in my project and then disappearing because I need to deal with making it happen.
I’M COMMITTED TO BEING FEARLESS NOW. THE COMFORT ZONE IS NOT SERVING ME ANYMORE.
As an artist being visible is important. My mission is to engage people to be creative. That art can change the way a person lives in the world. Art is not just for the talented. Its for everyone. I have been working with a mature woman who has been very depressed. She is retired and has spent her retirement hanging out with negative friends complaining about her life. They use compulsive shopping to have fun. Yesterday she told me she is buying an iPad because she wants to be creative. She hasn’t been creative since she was a child. She was attracted to my joy of living through art. This is a powerful action she’s taking. She is letting go of her toxic relationships and taking a journey outside her COMFORT ZONE!
I know my purpose in life is to make people have bigger lives. Everyone is in fear. People want to complain as form of communication. The news will make them sick. Negativity is rampant today. Negativity has become the comfort zone. This can change if creativity becomes important instead of frivolous. When I get people to try art I see a change of the way they open up to the world.
BE FEARLESS! TODAY I WILL BE FEARLESS AND REACH OUT TO MORE PEOPLE. I BELIEVE IN MY MISSION.