"Hello Spring", 8" x 8", Original Oil Painting (Click here to view)
For those of you who have been following my blog, you may have noticed that I've been in hibernation for the past six months. Have I been hiding under a log or sleeping away the long, cold winter in a dark cave? I must admit, there were several days when this option did sound tempting! No it's actually quite the opposite...I have been so busy in soooo many different areas. It's like being on the inside of a top as the world is spinning around me. Opportunities are knocking and a rush of emotions are rising and falling like a roller coaster.
One of the HUMUNGO projects I've been working on for the past several months is renovating a studio/gallery space in a historic building we own in town. My biggest dilemma with doing this has been ME getting in my own way. You see, I have the typical artist personality, go with the flow, impulsive, fly by the seat of my pants, always dreaming up new ideas. Everything sounds like blue skies and cotton candy...until the practical planner shows up to the party. Analyzing every detail, second guessing every purchase and decision, asking all the tough questions. The doubts creep in as I'm awake half the night with the dreaded thought bubbles "What was I thinking?" "What am I doing?" "This will never work!" Then in the morning everything is okay as I reassure myself with self talk "This is exciting", "I Can do this", "You'll never know until you try!" It's like the classic devil vs. angel sitting on my shoulders. Needless to say this has been emotionally exhausting! But through it all I have been growing and learning so much along the way.
One of the things that has been a tremendous help during all this craziness is this book. I was hitting roadblocks and feeling stuck. Then I read what Matt Tommey had to say in his book 'Unlocking the Heart of the Artist'.
Previously, I described these roadblocks as garbage that stink up your creative flow and block your ability to experience the fullness God has for you. Anytime garbage and trash gets into your pipeline, it affects everything that flows through you. Imagine that your life is a clean pipeline designed to flow fresh, clear water through it. Now imagine a yucky buildup on the inside -trash, garbage, dirt, grime, oil, greasy residue. No matter how clean the water is that flows into the pipe, once it passes through that dirty conduit, it will come out dirty. There is no way around it. That is how it is with your life and creative expression. God's intention is to pour life-giving water and refreshment through you, but when garbage is in the pipeline, it severely affects your ability to experience Him in all His goodness. The longer you allow these roadblocks to remain intact the larger they become and the more difficult they are to remove. "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7a)
If you want to see real Holy Spirit transformation in your life, you have to change your thinking. You must begin to believe and internalize what the Father says about you! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING "'If you can'? said Jesus. 'Everything is possible for him who believes'" - Mark 9:23 As you break the old patterns of thinking and establish the Word of God in your heart, you life will begin a dramatic shift into a Kingdom flow. Get ready! You will begin to see God show up in your life and your creative expression like never before! The pipes are clean, the road is cleared and the fresh water of Holy Spirit is now flowing, in Jesus' name!
This book is the Purpose-Driven Life for Artists. It is filled with insight and tools to help the artist figure out what they were created for. Very refreshing. I would love to set up a small group study with other artists who struggle with the "inner critic" syndrome. : )
So yes, I AM moving forward with the gallery and making good progress. I AM reading inspiring books. I AM taking marketing courses. I AM considering a teaching opportunity. I AM building a website for the Arts Guild in my community. I AM in the process of revamping my website and creating one for the gallery. I AM still squeezing a painting or two in here and there. I AM preparing for an upcoming art show. I AM one very busy gal who is learning to take one day at a time knowing that God has my back every step of the way!
Back in the stone age. Actually, the early 1900's. (Interesting Fact..Bing Crosby played upstairs with his band before he became famous.)
Today. Studio/gallery entrance is further down on the side of the building.