The first six weeks through “The Artist’s Way” has felt like a warm blanket of self love and healing, with so much unexpected expansion and growth.
Biggest learning so far?
Before this 12-week journey began, my focus had been on creating “good”, inspiring, sellable art. After all, I wanted my full time income to come from art sales, so of course I would create art that others valued. Thinking back however, I rarely felt inspired as I created art with this purpose as my priority.
After writing many “morning pages” exploring this topic, I realized that somewhere along the way I had disconnected from WHY I create art, as well as from the Divine connection to the art making process itself.
With this mind-blowing revelation, the cobwebs lifted, and I reconnected with my big WHY.
I create art for the purpose of profoundly connecting to the deepest part of me, to the Divinity that always surrounds me, AND to inspire others to connect with theirs as well.
Now with my WHY redefined and at the forefront of what I create, I designed an internal compass to guide decisions about where to direct energy in ALL areas of my life.
It goes as follows: I want to feel a sense of connection or presentness with ALL I do, from painting a picture, to answering an email, to washing the dishes. If I can’t find a way to connect to the task before me, then I either change how I’m doing it so that I can reconnect, or I choose another activity that lights me up when I think about doing it.
Learning to live connected to all I do is a moment to moment process, one that I’m now recommiting to and practicing daily. Definitely not something I have mastered, yet it is the compass that now guides my daily choices.
Once I reconnected with my WHY, a surprising thing happened.
I immediately sold 3 original artworks and 4 limited edition prints with absolutely no effort on my part. It was like magic. I reconnected to me, and poof, my artwork sold.
And the best part is…
I’m no longer attached to selling, and I mean this. Sure, my ego still wants the external validation that my art is “good”. But the real me, the part that started this divine artistic journey 27 years ago, is not motivated to create art for the singular (and mostly empty) purpose of selling. Rather I create art for the soul purpose of deeply connecting to the Divinity we all share, and to support others in profoundly connecting to their higher source as well.
Onto week seven and I’m excited to see what else I’m destined to learn from this journey. I’m having so many mind opening moments that I truly don’t want these 12 weeks to ever end!
Thank you for choosing to follow my journey through “The Artist’s Way”, and for the many comments of support you have shared. I am deeply grateful to be walking this path with you as my witness, cheerleader and fellow explorer.