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The Courage to be Authentic

How cool. This just happened. A person who purchased art from me a few years ago contacted me to be part of a group of artists she knows. I love it when my art isn't just a passing fancy. I want it to touch people. I want them to enjoy the art or be moved by it.

A person going through tough times purchased a piece because it gave her hope that she could pull through. That was amazing to me. Another lady purchased my absolute favorite piece I've ever done. She wanted a large print of it to put in her bedroom, her own private space.

It makes me smile and I want even more to keep slapping paint on canvas in the most authentic, heart felt way possible. The lady who asked me to join the group made my day. 🙂

I worry, ya know. Is my art too raw, too wild, too emotional? What if I scaled back on the surreal or tried to stick with one specific style? What if I tried to be more tame to appeal to a wider audience, maybe I'd get more sales? But I can't fake this. It wouldn't work. Art is the language where I am most honest, most vulnerable, truthful, uninhibited. Because the art I do is usually emotional I will continue to fret over it, continue to question if I should show it on my own website. Each time I post I feel like I'm standing naked in front of a thousand onlookers. In that piece I'm about to say something that will resonate with some and make others think I'm living in the past and wallowing in self pity. I'll question, each time, if I should show up exposed in color. I don't know if the worry will ever change but one thing is for certain, if you want to know what's really going on with me, check my art. As I told Dr. D, if there's no art then it's time to worry.

Today I'm thrilled that I stepped out naked because the person who purchased that piece actually remembers where she got it. That piece is featured in my Abstract Gallery because it was one of the creations where I forced myself to paint in a style I didn't think I could do. It was a personal challenge that was difficult at first but got easier and FUN. Now I have a gallery of art that began from that one personal challenge. I also have a little more courage to continue to speak on canvas, paper, wood or anything not properly nailed down.

In addition to the 3 uploaded today, there are seven more 5 x 7 and 6 x 9 abstracts waiting to be added to the gallery. Stay tuned.

Faith

Published on Categories Abstract Art, Artists Thoughts, Experimental designTags

About Faith

SUNDRIP – Art for Life is a site that expresses in every media possible an intimate look into the life of a person living with major trauma. The issues addressed in art and writing include Dissociative Identity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lupus and CRSD. Despite these issues, I intend to move forward, through and out with honor, grace and creativity.

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