As I have journeyed down my life's path, there have been many offshoots along the way. The choice is of course our own, and the outcome can be surprising and life changing.
One such life changing path that has influenced me greatly is WLS (wieght loss surgery); in conjuction with diet and exercise. I have lost over 75 lbs in the past year and have dropped 12 dress sizes.
This has given me so much more energy; confidence and increased health benefits that all areas of my life are improving. My insulin (type 1 Diabetic) has dropped over 60 % -- that is huge! My Doctor's are overjoyed to say the least.
This increase in energy has helped me with my art, in the sense that I now have more energy to paint; have more drive and focus; can and do arrange photo shoots; field trips; and the will to try new things.
Not only trying new things in art, but life in general.
Don't be afraid to tackle anything and everything.
Don't hide behind inexperience and excuses.
Life is waiting to be lived.
Art is demanding to be painted.
We are constantly exposed to art. Art of different venues, whether they be music, visual, commercial, photography or how you put on your make up every day. Mostly that applies to the women, but hey if you men want to be artistic with make up, GO FOR IT!
It is amazing how we can feel peace and tranquility by staring at a scene of calm waters and reflecting on the reflections within. Feelling horror and disgust by hearing or viewing supposed 'art' of rotting meat on a clothesline or the purposeful disfigurement of someone 'cutting' themselves in the name of art. We get mad and upset at the unfair treatment of others usuallly through thier plights portrayal in movies. We can also move and bring tears to our loved ones by painting and presenting them with a portrait of thier loved one long gone. Art is all encompassing.
Do you sing out loud with certain songs? Some are meant to be sung loudly, even in the presence of others. I know I get a kick out of singing AC/DC's "We've Got Big Balls" very loud and out of tune at my art class. Hey, I think my fellow classmates get quite the kick out of it, as they laugh and holler, some even sing along. Some even request it to brighten our moods! I also recall singing 'Funky Town' as I was younger, but I certainly had the first word wrong! I thought I was singing a very bad word! And believe me I did loud and proud while I did my chores. I remember my Mom asking what in the world I was singing, and I calmly saying it is the song mom, it is art and everyone is doing it. Well, apparently I was the only one! Ha ha!
So go out there and enjoy your art! Sing it loud and proud! Pass the emotions on to others, but hopefully it will be the emotion that brings a smile and a tear (in a good way) to anothers day!
As those who know me, and those of you about to find out, I love to talk; meet people; learn from others; and most importantly I LOVE TO PAINT!