There was a time when I thought Art was something only exceptionally talented and gifted people could do.
That the ability to create was an extra-extra-ordinary gift that would ooze from the pores of those lucky enough to be born as ‘artists’.
Back then, Art had so many rules and criteria that I in fact stifled my own creativity……Art sat in an unreachable space.
A space only occupied by accomplished people who had produced amazing images, paintings, jewellery, sculptures, dances………People who were known for their artwork and applauded for their remarkable and unique offering to the world.
My life without creativity was bland. My strengths and talents lay dormant, and the world was denied the distinct flavour that only I had to offer.
It was not a fabulous way to live.
When my children arrived the urge to create bubbled up.
Alongside them I found myself exploring the world of song, dance and paint.
I became highly creative with food, hoping to encourage fussy toddlers to eat. I began designing party invitations, making costumes and decorating lolly bags.
My inner artist was released to the world and she stepped forth with fabulousness, ease and truth.
I felt amazing and I wanted more.
I began to explore a deeper more expansive view of art.
I carefully observed and admired the unique skills and talents of my friends and family. I began searching for the individuality in each and every person I met.
This is what I found…..
We each have a very special something, a distinctive gift and an offering unique to us.
Like the grandmother who knows the secret herb to bring out that unexpected flavour in her sauce.
The friend with the quirky little emoticons in all her text messages, the ones that always leave you smiling.
The photo taker who captures the emotion of a family singing Happy Birthday.
The gardener who carefully plants annuals by colour and trims hedges into shapes.
The Mum who sits up at night cutting out name tags to theme her child’s birthday party.
The woman who artfully styles her hair different each day.
There are opportunities to express our art when we decorate out home and the descriptive way we write cards, texts and emails.
The journals we keep, the photos we take, the parties we decorate.
The way we dance, the songs we sing and the food we present.
I eventually developed an appreciation for my own quirkiness.
I wholeheartedly embraced what makes me different and exploited my weird…….all in the pursuit of making great art.
My Art…….Authentic Art
I now know Art is everyone’s unique offering to the world.
Art is your colour, your vibrancy, your flavour and your voice. It is an expression of what only you have.
Instead of stifling your urges, withholding your offerings and leaving the work of Art to the ‘artists’.
Embrace what makes you different + Explore your individuality + Express your art.
You will surprise and delight yourself and there is nothing more fabulous than that.
So tell me……how do you share your unique offering with the world?