[reprinted from summer 2009]
"Courage begins with the decision to face the ultimate truth about existence: the dirty little secret that we are free. It requires an understanding of free will at the archetypal level -- an understanding that we are free to define who we are at every moment. We are not what society and randomness have made us; we are what we have chosen to be from the depth of our being. We are product of our will. We are self-made in the deepest sense."
~ Peter Koestenbaum
a home along a canal in Amsterdam
Do you feel good about life when you are drawing, art journaling, painting, knitting, sewing, sculpting, writing, acting, experimenting, embroidering, photographing, sketching, doodling, carving, building, creating, singing, editing, embellishing, collaging, designing, dancing, discovering, inventing, collecting and gardening?
How do you feel if you don't do anything creative for a week or two?
Is life better when you do creative stuff, or when you don't?
Well that's just it, then.
It's the doing. Not the outcome.
You are not designing a page for The Smithsonian as the ONE & ONLY EXAMPLE OF 21st CENTURY ART JOURNALING.
You are playing with color, words & images.
So just play.
Relax, explore, and find a happier life along the way.
When you stop worrying about what others think of your art, you may just find the secret to your most amazing work.