contemporary collage paintings
the process
Leslie Avon Miller

My life flows when I'm in my art.

Jean De Muzio

Monday, December 27, 2010

Art Is My Teacher

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.

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

~Lao Tzu

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.

Experience gratitude.

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:

  • patience
  • resilience
  • curiosity
  • exploration
  • discovery
  • renewal
  • the value of looking within
  • to be more brave
  • go to work!
  • follow any leads
  • always allow time to experiment
  • the beginning
  • letting go
  • dare
  • now it's good
  • look carefully
  • be brave
  • have an open mind
  • look closely
  • be excited
  • be open
  • share
And more words from you:

    • nourish the spirit
    • be kind to myself
    • Play and explore
    • Celebrate life
    • Be present
    • Push
    • Feel
    • See the light within and in the world
    • Keep pushing the envelope
    • You can’t win if you don’t play
    • Allow
    • Accept
    • Sustain
    • Stillness/action/aloneness
    • Share
    • Acceptance
    • Reflection
    • Perseverance
    • Connection
What a rich and fabulous list. I'll keep adding to the list as you share your thoughts. Thank you all!