In the last 18 years, I’ve learned a lot about these wonderful islands and all that grows here. My painting style continues to evolve along with my vision of what I want to paint.
Along the way, I’ve developed a passion for writing and have begun to nurture this skill.
My creative writing began with an idea for a children’s story that popped into my head a few years ago.
I’ve never had kids, so where did this come from? I’m not sure and who cares!
Whenever we start something new, we face a new learning curve. It starts out pretty steep. It takes perseverance and trust to keep us facing that uphill slope.
It doesn’t matter how often we’ve faced a similar slope, each new incline brings a fresh set of inner and outer challenges and opportunities to be met.
Have you heard of Inner Critics? I learned about them from SARK last year.
Inner Critics are the voices in our head trying to keep us safe.
Unfortunately, they do so by telling us that we don’t know what the heck we’re doing, or that we don’t have time to learn what we want to do or myriad other problems that are sure to get in our way.
Inner Critics flourish in times of growth. Fortunately, I learned methods to handle them.
In addition to a diverse band of inner critics, I've got an insatiable drive to learn, to grow, and to expand out of my creative comfort zone.
I bore easily.
My race to mastery of anything is futile. Once within touching distance of reaching a goal, I start to look for a new creative mountain to climb, or a new way to paint something or a new subject matter to tackle.
I’m currently facing challenges on several fronts: subject matter, creative skill sets, and internal “upper limit issues”.
AND my desire to have FUN is more important than being consumed with my ingrained Midwestern work ethic.
How can I have fun doing all that I want to do?
Be on the lookout for something “new-ish” in the months to come.
Telling you something new is "afoot" is my way of ensuring that I stick to my new adventures and continue this current uphill climb on my life-long rollercoaster ride of living life creatively, from the inside out.