What is yours? Where, and how, does passion show up in the project you have chosen?
We have to be PRESENT within ourselves in order to know what our PASSION feels like. And we need passion in order to undertake and commit to ourselves and our project.
Then, we have to give ourselves PERMISSION to go for it. I know this intimately, because I've spent so many years working toward my perma- goal to embody presence. I also constantly work to strip back a zillion freaking layers of conditioned and adaptive behavior patterns that have kept me living small and safe ... hiding.
Below is a chat with my friend Wrynn.
We talk about passion and allowing the space and permission to be who we naturally are in deeeeeeep ways.
This would be a great companion to listen to as you gather your materials, print them out, and toodle around your studio preparing your workspace for next week’s content, when we will begin the arty processes.
What about you?
What’s your Holy Trinity of you-ness? What are the three things that make you YOU? That feed your passion, that ARE your passion?
Do you need to give yourself permission to BE them?
As I write these words to you, I am still in the process of learning that it is okay to be who I am. Not only is it okay, it is VITAL. It's vital for my health, and for the health of the world.
And the same goes for you.
When I begin any project, I turn to artists who I admire for staying true to their passions, giving themselves permission to express what lives inside them no matter what. They inspire me. And they are everywhere - in fact, a high percentage of those who have made a splash in the world did so because they have held a commitment to their own true self. This is not just limited to artists, but to scientists, historians, politicians, and the list goes on and on..
Which artists do you admire? Have they forged their own path? Have they stayed true to their own visions, and not compromised?
And ... what about you? Do you allow your visions to move through you? Uninterrupted? Unjudged? As they are?
Here’s a little something for you to do:
Take time and headspace to sit and write a letter to your passion. Invite YOUR Holy Trinity of You-ness to come to your work table with you. Invite it to dine with you, feast with you. Invite it to indulge itself with you, through you. Bring it forth into your project. Commit. Give yourself permission. And ... give yourself the time to let this be real, raw, and in a fully-bloomed, petal-soaked presence with you.
Bring it to the FB group, if you desire. You don’t need to share the letter unless you would like to (and it is more than welcome!) … share with us your discoveries.
After watching the videos below and flowing into your own process inspired by the videos, please share in the FB group!
We would love to see photos, read your words, or watch your short videos about your explorations, your gathering, and your passions.
Please watch the below video in which I explain the project I will be undertaking with my whole self, and demonstrating with you and for you as we go along.
Not only will we explore my favorite techniques together, but I’ll bare all about my internal process, emotional process, and all the things that may come up for me as I undertake this new project.
In the next video, I give you a little inside scoop on the other ways I prepare for my projects.
This video is a bit on the long side at nearly 19 minutes.
It’s very diary-esque, meaning I go blah blah blah a lot!!! ;) But I truly hope there are nuggets in the blah blah for you to guide, comfort, inspire, and entertain ;)
And finally … below is a short video in which I show you which art materials I’ve gathered up to get me started.
Next week … we will begin our artmaking, while holding on to the deeper spaces we are cultivating.
muse ::: Sally Mann
Here's a clip from an AMAZING documentary about one of my favorite artists of all time. Sally Mann is a true path-paver, wave-maker, and innovator. She's brilliance in a nutshell. I've followed her work for 22 years and counting, and she consistently inspires with her insistence on doing her own thing.
Sally's approach to her creative expression is truly presence and passion in motion. She takes everyday surroundings, and she turns them into incredible art. Here is a sampling of some of her early work, in which her young children were her subjects.
'What Remains' is an EXTREMELY inspiring documentary experience. The full version can be rented on iTunes for $3.99: search for 'What Remains' with Sally Mann. I promise this visual journey is well worth your time and money. It brings us inside Sally's often controversial work, including her body of work photographing decomposing bodies. You can fast forward through this part if you choose, but there is something about the artful way Sally approaches everything that makes it all fascinating.
This woman is stillness, presence, and motion - the divine cocktail of creativity, storytelling, and authentic expression. You will be left with a burning desire to BE WHO YOU ARE and express what is inside you - no matter what.
Please let your world be opened by Sally's artistry, and allow your mind to expand and receive her offering of creativity. Next week we will spend a little more time with her, so just be present with her work, explore how you feel about it, and let it be what it is.
And, please feel free to leave your thoughts and feelings in our Facebook group, so that we can all discuss together :)