Every day is an opportunity to try something new. I’ve been trying my hand at mixed media arts for a couple years now and finally feel comfortable with the way I work and my style. I’m learning to accept and grow my artist voice.
I have a clear and distinct writing voice, and I’d like to visually capture and translate my creative, artist voice. I’m learning to go with my gut and paint what I feel, feel, hear, and think. It’s all a process, and without it, I would not be growing. Just as a writer may fear the blank page or screen, so too does an artist come to the canvas with a bit of trepidation. But we overcome it by doing the work we feel we must do rather than shouting down our creative bent with words like I can’t or I could never. Beloved, what IF you could? What if this thing that refuses to let you go really is your “it” your calling and purpose? Do not fear the finding out.
Honestly friends, we do overcome as we flesh out the thing that won’t let us go. How do we know what we’re capable of until we have done the work. So go ahead and let your give-a-damn break. Make the art you feel inspired to make. Write the songs. Sing the words. Publish the books. Bake the cookies. Hone your creative voice. Let your soul speak the visual representation that word fail to convey. You are worth this endeavor.
To do the thing you think you cannot do. To mimic. To explore. To just try. That’s what I like about mixed media. It’s fun. You cannot do it wrong. You just can’t. It is the process of showing up and continually showing up that enables us to do what once seemed impossible. The more we get our hands into the dirt of a dream and begin to mold it and make it, the more it begins to take shape. It begins to form. And we can see the beginning of our soul expressing itself in a new and different way. That is exciting! And who knows? Maybe that thing you do is the exact expression on God whispering His lovesong to us all through you.
There’s beauty in the mess. And even what we perceive as a mistake is a beautiful opening that reveals hidden depths of life, loveliness, truth, and soul. Perhaps we all need to give ourselves a little bit more credit. Maybe we all just need to say, “this is good work. It may not be perfect but for today it is good enough.” These are the words I’ve been speaking to myself as I gather more courage to share my art in its various forms.
When I first began making art it was rather private and I only shared with a small group of people I knew- at the time they were my story sisters. But now I want to share with others because maybe it will help someone else to grow and blossom more into who they are divinely called to be. There is so much more to us than the one face we often present.
Today I want to encourage you friends, lean in, press in, and do not be afraid to blossom. Yes, there might be some trepidation and maybe a bit of anxiety, but you were called to do good works. Do not be afraid to explore and live into the divine call on your life even if it looks different than anything you could have ever anticipated. God is not surprised by your beautiful unfolding. Embrace it. Change is good. It’s time to allow ourselves grow. God is with us through it all. Affirm that you are made for good works. I know I am, and I couldn’t be happier to be discovering all the ways I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Try. Try. Try. You do not know what you are capable of until you put your butt in the chair and get your hands dirty in building your dreams. Whatever that thing is that you’ve been dreaming of doing, today’s a good day to just start. Who cares if it’s a messy start. Just start! And be encouraged by this these words,
“Do not despise the day of small beginnings.”
Every great and successful person began small. Start.
This is day 28 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. You can read all the series posts here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.