It's about allowing the painting to sing through you! What is your voice wanting to share? What are those thoughts and words and feelings you would bellow out if you had the confidence and audience to portray that message loud and clear?
What in this life is only here, for you to pass on a message? What wisdom would you share?
.Just like a song, the fluid motion of the songwriter, one moment they can be singing about love, and the next heartbreak. They can sing about peace and harmony, then war.
Each item we create carries the message of our spirit from deep within the silent spaces.
We don't need to know ahead of time what it is. We also don't need to control how others hear it.
Have you ever listened to a song and thought the lyrics were pointing to a specific storyline, only to find out years later that the song was meant to express something entirely different?
The only thing that is your business as the creator, is your intention in sharing the message. YOu are to show up and share what is within you. We can't know how the observer is supposed to interpret it. There is no way you can make a mistake. No matter how they interpret your art, it is the highest way for them to have interpreted it for their specific soul growth.
This perception completely shifted my obsessive comparison of my work. I could finally let go of how my work appeared to anyone else once I realised that maybe the highest good for that person is to look at my work and be completely repulsed, thinking it was the worst art they had ever seen. In that moment, they could have been inspired to create their own, because they realised that they could " do better"...and I could thing WOW!! My art gave them INSPIRATION to do their own art!! Or perhaps it is the most beautiful thing they have ever seen, and it overwhelms them with so much emotion they burst into tears! I could watch and think, oh no, that can't be good. I could think, wow, my painting hurt them. I can't know how much they needed to cry and release that pain they had been holding onto for so long.
I had a show a few years back and people would turn over the back of my paintings and quickly hang them back up and run out of the show. I was so insecure. I was thinking about how arrogant I must be to think that people would like my work. I was so sad and felt so rejected. I just walked outside for some air and a little self pity.
I was approached by a woman who told me that she became so emotional she had to run outside and cry. She was so embarrassed! I remember in that moment being so thankful, and so humbled. She thought that her emotion was wrong, and I thought my paintings were terrible. The truth was, her tears and emotional response really really changed how I paint, forever. I finally let go of thinking of what outcome or how they were to be received and I fully surrendered my work to Spirit.
How have you learned to share your message through your art? How do you overcome the challenge of comparison?
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