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I Write and I Paint Too

I love reading, writing and no, not arithmetic as the old saying goes, painting. Recalling early memories, I see myself happily painting picture books where the color was already imprinted on the pictures. You simply needed a brush and water to make the pictures magically come to life. I loved how the water moved the colors, blending to create new images. I imagine that is why today, I am enamored with Watercolor and moving paint in loose styles to create unexpected and delightful pictures. Colors blending and forming hard and soft edges in shapes unexpected and surprising. You never know what you might get!

Do I consider myself an artist. Absolutely not! I am a creator and find great joy in simply creating whether it be stories, painting or photography. The sheer abandonment of judgement and opinion from self or others opens the space for creativity to begin. Creating is healthy for my mind, body and soul. I get lost in the process of going within, listening to my soul beckoning me to explore my truth. To express my truth and how I see the world, a limited view of my own experiences and living. An understanding that I know I must create to live my own purpose. To respect my limitations and celebrate my abilities and gifts. To share and trust. To inspire others to abandon everything that others have told them and believed about what they can and can’t do, what they should and shouldn’t. To do what feels right for them.

Last week I painted a picture attempting a loose style of watercolor painting. I was pleased with the process and outcome. I am gently learning to let go of more rigid styles of creating. I post my paintings on social media sites and also enjoy seeing the paintings of other fellow creators. I posted my first loose style painting and the next morning I received a message from a friend whom I not seen in a very long time. You know how it goes, life takes us in different directions and we lose touch. The message was lovely and warm amid the chill of early morning in September. Upon reading the message, my intuition immediately told me that the picture belonged to her. Later that day I went to see her unannounced to deliver the picture as a gift. When I arrived we embraced and I gave the picture to her telling her that I had a deep knowing that she needed this gift at this time in her life.  My intuition never leads me astray and afterwards I question why I ever doubted its wisdom. The connection with my friend was warm and emotional. Yes, indeed life has been a challenge for her of late. Challenges we all face when life hits us like a wave, submerging us over and over struggling for air and breath. Understanding.

Creating and creations are meant to be shared, gifted with love. Creations are very much like the growth stages of our life. They begin in infancy, an idea, a spark of light. We choose to either nurture this idea giving it form and hope or we simply deny the possibility tossing it away. It is the energy we decide upon to either feed the spark or snuff it out that determines the outcome. As we feed it with inspiration and love it grows like a new baby. There are times when it falls but, if you don’t fall, pick yourself back up, you will never learn to keep on going. Persevere. As we find the courage to clean out the negative energy from our minds, the voice that says you are not good enough, that you could never create or comparisons to others, a new adventure begins. There is no greater judge than yourself and the voice in your own head which keeps you stuck. Everyone of us lives with the ability to have an idea. 

I started by taking one beginner class. I was blessed with a great teacher and artist who has the patience of a saint. Today, I continue to take his classes as he inspires me with his outlook on life and painting. He shares his gift with others in beautiful ways. And I still believe I am divinely guided in all my creations including writing this blog. But then again, aren’t all creations touched by the hand of God, Angels and Guides. Lighting our purpose. If you allow yourself to create, I can tell you this, you too will feel the touch of Divine inspiration. And once you do, there is no going back. Creating is what we are brought here to do. We were all created to create. To dream our dreams and bring them to life. Imagine that! 

Blogging or Truth Telling

Blog. What is a blog exactly? Well, according to Wikipedia, “a blog is a discussion or informal website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”).” As I read numerous blogs written by individuals from every part of our globe and listen to interviews of people who discuss their blogging experience, I have come to ask the question, are we blogging or truth-telling? Or is there a fine line between the two?

As the definition describes, diary-style suggests writing about people, places and things held close to our heart. The difference is that our diaries are no longer hidden between the sheets and mattresses of our beds or tucked away at the top and back of our closets. The places where light never reaches and spiders and dust mites thrive. In today’s world we write and discuss our truths with sheer abandonment and share them with the Universe. There are blogging etiquette rules but, other than that, we are all free to write our own truth on matters such as food, spirituality, world travel, daily quips and quotes, poems and art. Whatever you wish or desire to share. Which blogs you choose to read is entirely your business.

The truth of who you are as a blogger can be found within the spaces between the words of the blog. Pictures and quotes help bring the messages to light, providing the reader with wonderful imagery and transporting you to places never seen or experienced in real life. And all from the view of the writer. Blogs are written primarily in short form, between 500- 1000 words. Others in long form, all by everyday people. In just about every blog there is a story that the writer is proud of, thinks is important for others to know and see, is really a very special part of them and their life experiences. Their imagination brought forth in creative displays written in words translated into languages everyone can understand.

Blogging is writing, showing and speaking your own truth about the world as you see it. Not worrying whether others will find it interesting, will read you, or like your blog. Just like writing in a diary, it exposes your secrets, relationships, loves, sorrows, experiences, pain and joy. Your desires and hopes, fears. Blogging is cathartic, healthy, freeing. Writing is a technique every therapist suggests for their clients to bring the message outside of themselves where it is easier to confront and discuss. They call it journaling. Perhaps now therapists will consider blogging as a form of therapy.

Whatever the reason we blog, there is no doubt in my mind the experience is worth the journey of the self and soul. Be it through your recipes, paintings, stories of fiction with elements of the truth hidden within the pages, your pets or your travels, the truth of who you are is on the screen. It is blogged without judgement, harshness, non compassion or gossip. Blogging is a shared expression of your truth with everyone in the world. I am thankful for this wonderful medium of self-expression. Our truth is coming to light in the most unexpected and refreshing ways. The time is ripe for truth and transparency in our world. The time is now. Blog your truth through your eyes and ears and knowing, one hand upon your soul, the other upon your keyboard. I am blessed to be part of this global community and to be able to read your truth.