My work is loving the world.~Mary Oliver
Paying some attention to what my art has been teaching me, I have noted a few thoughts. Like all lists, and all awareness, it is in flux, incomplete and evolving. I'll share my observations with you here.
Go with what is happening. Art will teach me what it needs.
It is good to ask "I wonder what will happen if I..."
Swooning is allowed when seeing another artist's work, but feel my feet firmly planted on my own art path.
No matter how much has been mastered, remain a student of everything and of something - photography, on-line presence, or new technology. The world will always evolve and I must also.
When in a growth phase, protect incubating ideas. They may be shy. Retreat from scrutiny, like a snake that is shedding its skin. Emerge fresh and ready to shine.
Attend to nature, the original muse.
I learn, yet again, to see, really see.
Share with other artists. They get it. Encourage others as I am encouraged.
The answer is almost always "keep working."
Happy New Year!
What is your art teaching you?
The first image: Untitled, 12 inches by 12 inches, watermedia on birch panel. By Leslie Avon Miller
The second image: Untitled, 30 inches by 22 inches, watermedia and collage on watercolor paper. By Leslie Avon Miller
Readers are adding:
- the value of looking within
- to be more brave
- go to work!
- follow any leads
- always allow time to experiment
- the beginning
- letting go
- now it's good
- look carefully
- be brave
- have an open mind
- look closely
- be excited
- be open
- nourish the spirit
- be kind to myself
- Play and explore
- Celebrate life
- Be present
- See the light within and in the world
- Keep pushing the envelope
- You can’t win if you don’t play