Hi friends! We had more gorgeous weather last week so I sat my butt on the porch and painted in the sunshine again. This is quickly becoming my new favorite activity, closely followed by playing hide-and-seek with my dog.
I'm calling this fella "Hip to be Square" because as I've said before, I'm really bad at naming paintings. It's also a square with other little squares in it, so...you know. Don't judge a painting by its name.
He's 20x20 and covered in acrylic, gouache, pastel and a teeny bit of gold paint pen. Because he's fabulous like that.
Hip to be Square is available for purchase in the shop, so head on over and check him out if you're interested. He'll be hanging out in my room in the meantime because he matches my crazy yellow chair just perfectly. :)
Also, if you live in Atlanta and didn't see my instagram post, I've got fun news! I'm going to be in town April 25-May 1 and I'd love to work on some paintings while I'm there. If you're interested in a custom abstract painting and don't want to pay for shipping (ain't nobody got time for that), I can paint it while I'm in town, you can come pick it up, and most importantly, we could hang out! Email me if you're interested and we can chat colors, prices, sizes, etc. And since I'm just starting out with works on canvas I can absolutely be flexible on price...mostly just want the opportunity to practice and paint and see your lovely faces in person. Limited spots available so email me to nab one. Yay!
Alright, now let's switch gears a little bit. If you missed Candice's Celebration Series post from last Wednesday, you should go check it out, because she is AMAZING. At the beginning of the post, I talked a little bit about the motivation behind my work in light of my faith. This whole business is still so new but I'm already learning a lot, the most recent lesson being to remember why I started doing all of this in the first place. It wasn't to make a lot of money, sell a lot of artwork and take over the world. It was to try to live out my purpose by creating more and hopefully inspire a few people along the way.
So in light of that, I'm going to start adding a little more depth to some of these blog posts. In addition to the artwork and eye-candy, I'll try to pepper in some things I've been learning lately. Things that I hope will help you in work and life and everything in between.
"Soul work is the work we do once we realize that no one piece of work will ever complete us as humans. No one piece of work can ever validate our worth. Your value as a human and the quality of your work are unrelated. If you want more soul work in your life, start there: you are a valuable human being."
In retrospect, I realize that the past few months have been dedicated to validating my worth through my work. I've been pushing myself to the edge, piling on the pressure, stressing over the numbers, and to what end? If I really think about it, it hasn't even been about making money. It's been about trying to prove that I'm successful enough, talented enough, smart enough to go out on my own and start a business.
Barrett's blog post is such a beautiful reminder that we'll never be able to get that validation from our work. We have to know that we are already enough and that no job, relationship, accomplishment, etc can add to that.
I'm going to start focusing on living out of the assurance that I am enough instead of fighting for measures of success to try to prove my worthiness. And I invite you to join me. :)
Love & Respect,