Friday, July 21, 2006

These Things Go Hand in Hand

I wanted to put this out there because I have been thinking about it alot lately. This whole art thing is alot of work and sometimes, people struggle along the path. While not everyone is looking to make a big time career out of their art, lots of us just want to work at something we love and feel passionate about. Sometimes opportunity finds us and sometimes we have to go looking.

Part of what's hard about it all is that in many ways, it's something you have to do on your own. There's a sort of trial by fire thing that happens, whereby you have to work really hard and hope you also have a bit of luck to be successful and while I have absolutely nothing agaist "earning my stripes", I think sometimes it can be both frustrating and lonely. So much of what we do as artist involves sitting in our studios, alone, working. It's rare that we get the opportunity to talk to other artists about their experiences and perhaps glean some information about how they go about doing what they do. For me, in most areas of my life, I have benefitted immensely from listening and observing other people, asking questions and doing my own research. It's the my own style of learning by doing, coupled with feedback from others that takes me from an idea or desire into realizing the goal.

That said, I would like to encourage all you artists out there who are reading this, to think seriously about taking someone under your wing if you see an opportunity to do so and help them through what you know. It doesn't have to be a formal thing, but if someone is for example looking to get connected to a group you are in because they admire it and have something to offer, then point them in the right direction to get connected. If someone wants to apply for an event and you have done so in the past yourself, help them figure out what they can do to make their application the best it can be. Put yourself out there!

When you help someone else, you not only bless them with your gifts, but you also get to have a good feeling in your heart. There is a quote that like that says: "The more you give away, the more you get to keep for yourself." There is nothing more beautiful than a generousity of spirit.

5 comments:

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

AMEN!!!!

Thanks for your well written and thoughtful words!

liz said...

lovely thoughts!!..and SO true
liz xx

ms*robyn said...

I found you through art tea life - love your words here. I am creative (have done quilts for years - quirky type quilts more than structured), but I have no idea how to go about doing collage stuff and to have someone help me along the way would be wonderful.
I will be visiting your blog often..blessings & bliss

Sweet Petunia said...

I love the collage...very sweet. As always your words are inspiring and written in your true voice. I love that about your blog.

I hope you can stay cool in the heat...we like slurpees on hot days too. Have you tried running through the sprinkler...outside of looking crazy...it is fun.

Lisa

Stacie said...

AMEN to that!
It not only gives you joy but it builds LASTING friendships...
YOU are one of the QUEENS of doing this Lelainia.. you are such a loving and giving person...
We ALL need to pay it forward!
:)
We NEED to reschedule your visit!