I am not one to believe in fortunes or horoscopes
not that there is anything wrong with believing in them
I just don’t.
Tuesday I bought myself and Sammy a meal at Panda Express
and this was our fortune:
There is some Truth in that!!
(for anyone of course ..not just the one who opens the cookie!)
The Word Courage keeps sneaking into my world lately.
Through a sermon at church, a teaching moment with my daughter, on a blog post I read, in a silly fortune cookie….on my little daily calendar
of course courageous in love
is very different than the kind of courage I am talking about today!
being courageous in love
is not limited to a spouse… or boyfriend…
I would love to revisit that topic one day…
The whole courage things is a huge subject I could go on about. =)
I tend to lean on the not so courageous side of life.
My point today is …
I love art
but I am fearful to put my art out there.
Over the years I have “hidden” my art and photography behind kids.
I was creative as a nanny, a childcare provider, a teachers assistant…
a mommy. It worked for me. Hiding behind the kid thing.
using my art for kids is easier.
Long story short… I am chicken. Chicken to pursue my dreams.
Chicken to be judged. Chicken to be criticized.
Chicken to put myself out there. Chicken to put my ART out there!
and then I met blogging!! =)
I have been hanging around in the blog world for a little over a year now…
I find it to be a very inspirational place… ya know?
Seeing others pursue art ….among other things…
things that I enjoy and love… it is encouraging!!
You all put yourselves out here. All the time!
Many of you inspire me to step outside of my comfort zone
in SO many ways! SO so many ways!
What am I afraid of anyway? =)
As bloggers I think y’all must have had at least ONE moment
where you had to find the courage to put your words, your art, your
cooking, your fears, your photographs, your heart out here…
yes? no? =)
Courage has been knocking at my back door for years now…
it is so much easier to pretend you don’t hear the knocking.
Recently Courage is knocking on my FRONT door
I think it is time to answer the door.
Would you like a peek at something I LOVE to do…
but I am terrified to “put out here” …
just a peek remember!!
oops… lost the color…
Fear I tell ya. Crippling!! =)
Here was my inspiration….
(where is the line with inspiration and your own art?? yikes… fear!)
Abby loves owls right now … =)
I am such a chicken to show MY art to others
bock, bock, bock…
na na na na na na na… na na na na na na na
(tune to the chicken dance..)
OK… OK… here is my rough draft on paper
courage. (just sayin)
Abby loved it! Kids always love my art.
I am comfortable showing it to them! ha ha!
I let Abby pick a background color
and then I went to town on the canvas
the colors changed a bit … I am blending them myself
and I changed the feathers on the tummy this time…
I think I liked the first one better??
Abby loves them both =)
My art is Kid art.
Kids are generally thrilled with my art…
Its you grown ups I am chicken to share it with!! *sigh*
I think I will paint a CHICKEN next.
JUST for humor sake. =)
To remind me to choose Courage.
Not fear (fear… Chicken… ha ha… never mind… )
I want to play with art… make wall art… make gifts…
maybe even sell it one day?!
Dreams take Courage!!
Some of these blank canvases are old… old old old!
and there are more in my garage ….somewhere?!!
A few of you wonderful talented creative bloggers
you share your art
it is beautiful and fun
you are enjoying your artistic side !!
You inspire me…
YOU have nudged me…
with your words…
and the art you share on your blogs
you inspire and encourage me.. =)
So many of you wonderful blog friends encourage and inspire
with photography, cooking, being more courageous in love (see its there), being more intentional with my life… I could go on and on…
I love that part about blogging!!
Becky and Courtney… your blogs especially have inspired me to pick up my paint brushes and to be brave about it!! =)
my hubby will thank y’all later…
I think he is tired of me spending money on canvases (for years)
and NOT using them!! ha ha
I think it is High Time to color my world
and finally use those canvases!!
I am sure there will be disasters along the way
but that is part of the game
not really… it just came out… felt right to say it. =) I do that.
Finding the courage to post my art is just the beginning.
All because of a silly little fortune.
I kid! =)
It goes deeper than my art.
Art is where I am spreading my wings in right now. =)
Until Next time~
What area of your life are you trying to find courage with??