It’s really satisfying when one day all the thoughts you’ve been hashing over for what seems like months come to a cohesive whole and suddenly, you realize something you’ve pretty much known all along. This happened to me just a few weeks ago.
I have known all through my life that art is my calling…..Every single day I wake up thinking about art, wishing I had more time during the day to just wallow in it. Sometimes I have the time to paint or draw, but most times I don’t. (It’s actually not time that’s the factor, it’s a combination of complicated things.) One thing I enjoy more than almost anything is participating in group art. I always have. I love sitting around a table with like minded folks creating our own individual projects, sharing and communicating through the process. I read about the most amazing art retreats on the West Coast and I want so badly to be there. And Anahata’s Bali art retreats are a total dream to me…and on my bucket list. I enjoy this a whole lot more than simply painting with the main intention to make profits from my art. (I am not an idiot, however. If I had offers from someone to purchase my work, I’d sell if the price were good, or if I had licensing companies seeking me out, I’d be waving my hand, “Right here!”) What I am saying is, those things are fine, but really the goal here-for me-is to spread the joy of art and share creativity so everyone benefits. It’s not always about the product.
More than anything, I love sharing art with other people and introducing them to the joy of art and the benefits it can bring. I also understand the value art has in helping people express themselves in a non-verb way. Group art makes my heart sing. This epiphany has led me to realize a possible mid-life career path.
I am now reading books on art therapy and how art heals the soul. I have several books in my personal collection and I’m just beginning to read them. I have often toyed with the idea of how wonderful it would be to have a business where I could organize and conduct women’s art retreats. To me this would be a dream come true. I think women need time away and pampering and a chance to really sit down and express themselves. I could think of no other thing I’d rather do.
I really felt like sharing this today because it’s been bursting inside me. The process of art is probably my true calling. Everything else is just gravy, or fluid paint if I want to stick with the theme, lol.