I consider myself to be a performing artist to some degree. I love to sing and dance, and from the age of 10, my home away from home was the local community theater.
I’ve never thought of myself as a visual artist. When I was a kid and the Sunday School teacher asked us to draw a picture to make the morning fun, I would end up in tears because it never looked the same way on paper as it did in my head. In my Reiki II class, I became completely intimidated when we had to learn how to draw the symbols.
When I began doing the Journey of Yes courses a few years ago, I was nervous about doing the art prompts, much less sharing them with the professional and semi-professional artists in the course. I finally talked myself into doing some of them and posting them on the Facebook group. Everyone was so supportive of my stick figures and wavy lines. They truly appreciated the symbolism I put into my attempts of self-expression.
Imagine my surprise when I realized that I was actually enjoying doing this kind of art.
Not only was the artwork helping me to process and express my emotions, it was actually fun!
Then, joy of joys! During the Hell Yes course at the beginning of the year, a piece of the class included some tutorials on how to create memes and other digital artwork on Picmonkey.com. All of the sudden I could visually express the pictures in my head!
Here is my first attempt at digital art: I created it to encourage myself in my journey as I learned to speak up for myself.
I used these creations to help me process what I was working through at therapy and at home.
Pretty soon, I started making memes for others,when they needed encouragement as well:
Some memes came to me as messages in meditation
like this one that I wrote about in the post Have Courage. Speak out and this one that was related to me by a fellow student in my Core Shamanics class
This one was inspired by current events
(the historic Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage).
Most continue to express my thoughts and feelings as life has continued to evolve.
(I couldn’t decide which one I liked better here.)
This one is a self-portrait showing myself what it would look and feel like to have achieved my goal of trusting myself and allowing blessings into my life, as I wrote about in a previous post.
The last few memes have honed in on some quotes by figures I admire and am learning from. These messages inspire me so much that I want to create art incorporating them and share them to inspire others.
Including this last one that I just made today.
Thanks for letting me share here once again. I really encourage you to explore a new art form. Push your boundaries, and express yourself.
And have FUN!