If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
~ Author Unknown
Here we are again…I fell out of the blog-o-sphere for a week and a half. How does that even happen??
I certainly don’t aim to bore, to fill you in with too many details of crap going on in our daily lives. That’s not why we read blogs, is it now? We want to be entertained, find something inspirational, or a bit of enlightenment. I have just been a bit buried under the things that come along with daily life…
I have been arting like crazy, it seems that inspiration is striking from every turn. Amen to that, right??
And I have also decided to jump into an online class, although I sort of was thinking that I wouldn’t have time for one any time soon. And I sort of haven’t had class monies in the budget. But this one called me, told me to bite the bullet, so to speak. I couldn’t get past it, couldn’t find a way to talk myself out of it.
I probably won’t share too much of my work from the class, but I will send you over to check out what’s going on in…Life Restoration, aka Soul Restoration 2, with Melody Ross at Brave Girls Club. It’s not your typical art class. I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into, other than it’s a class about figuring out how to purposefully live your life. Right. Totally looking for that.
Of course, I have spent many-an-hour and much energy in my life working through self-help courses, books, art work, sales career seminars (which are all about building things on purpose) and a myriad of groups and videos and clubs…oh, pretty much anything that helps build and grow and that kind of stuff.
So why on Earth was I being called to yet another class just like all of the others??
I know now.
I have been working through the assignments, and while Melody has lots of great art technique videos (I have actually learned a few things, woo-hoo!), what’s truly amazing is the stuff I wasn’t expecting. Plowing through garbage that I have been trying to figure how to clean out of my closet, finding the freedom to let go of the things that I didn’t realize I was holding onto so tightly. Bringing into consciousness those things that I was longing for and hadn’t quite breathed into focus.
This comes right after I finished a class and self-examination with my church Pastor. Finding Your Spiritual Gifts.
I feel a bit weird at the moment, a bit cloudy. You know how when you’re cleaning the swimming pool, everything you stir up as you’re cleaning kind of makes it all look cloudy, and you’re wondering why you stirred it up to begin with? But then when it all settles back down once again, you see how much cleaner it all is than before. I’m right in the cloudy stirring at the moment.
As artists, I think we are continuously re-assessing. Not just ourselves, but our art, our surroundings, our relationships. We like to see things in new light. It’s just what we do.
Right I was getting started on this class, I was finishing up this canvas. Eventually I think I will add some text, but for now, it is what it is.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the Master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach