Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

A Gatherine of People

“Make friends and make time for them.  For most of us, the more time we spend with family and friends, the happier we will be”.  Dan Buettner

Original artwork by Christine Stoner ©
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Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

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“Practice acceptance of situations and people.”

“What is it that takes our joy away and leads to unhappiness?  It is mainly our expectation that things should be different instead of accepting that they are the way they are for a reason.”  Cameron Alborzian

 

 

Deliberateness and the Hand of an Adult

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For a child, there is no separation between their intention to draw and the marks they make.  They do not hesitate, make judgments or backtrack.

As adults, to regain this sense of deliberateness, we must return to what we instinctively knew as children. Fear lies between “I want to do this” and “I will do this” and we must be alert to it’s sneaky ways.

Are you an artist who judges each mark and fears it is not good enough?  Painting and drawing requires an absence of judgment when stepping back and looking at your work.

To “wait and feel” before you make your marks usually puts us in receptive rather than active mode.  This can allow feelings to guide you and reflect so beautifully in your work.

It takes a lot of patience to just wait.  It also takes a lot of discipline to take a break from your work every 45 minutes or so.  This is so beneficial and I am guilty of not doing this when a work is going well.

I leave you with this quote from the Tao-te-Ching:

“Let life ripen and then fall; force is not the way at all.”