I have been on a crazy journey the last couple of years. I took an already successful brand/look and turned it inside out in an effort to connect with my art more. I loved my old style of painting but wasn’t connecting with it the way I wanted to. I wanted my art to resonate with me on a deep soul level. I wanted to look at it and see myself in the brush strokes, subject matter, colors and mood. I decided that if I really wanted to do this I had to 100% surrender to the process, clear my mind of any judgments, worry and fear and just let go. I started journaling, collecting images, making lists of words and creating art in many different styles and subject matter. I tried acrylic, gouache, mixed media and played with spiritual subject matter, iconography and symbols. I struggled, doubted myself, gave up a few times, cried, prayed, meditated and kept pushing forward. It wasn’t an easy journey because I kept wondering if I was doing the right thing. I had created a beautifully branded style that was working, why did I have this calling to change? I am so glad that I listened to that calling and put all of that fear aside. I feel like a completely different person these days. Not only did I find my true art and style but it has changed me in so many ways. It’s like I have finally found a true home within myself. I am one step closer to becoming whole and comfortable in my body. It’s an amazing feeling to look at my art and say, I love that! That didn’t happen before this process. I would look at my art and say “well, it’s nice, but it’s just not right.” Ugh, what a horrible feeling. I am free now.
Do you connect with your art on a soul level or do you feel like something isn’t right but you can’t quite figure it out? Would you be willing to let go and surrender to the process of finding your true self?
I’m thinking about putting together an e-course to share the techniques that I used to create my new style and brand. It’s not just about art, it’s about the process of soul searching and going inward.
If this sounds interesting to you, leave me a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts and the struggles you have when connecting with your art. When I say art, I mean all creative mediums. This applies to artists, photographers, writers, makers, designers, and DIY’ers. We all have a story to tell and our souls to share.
What do you think?