‘Sign on the road less traveled’
24″ x 18″
finished sides, ready to hang, needs no frame
Here is the quote that goes with the work:
“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” -M. Scott Peck
Of late I find that I am struggling a little bit, to make the connections in my mind that used to come so easy. The economy is basically making me focus on making money, not marketing, making and selling art. Let’s be honest, no one is buying art right now and that may not change for awhile looking at the reports. So, I have choices to make, do I hang it up? Do I just throw myself into my day job as a intuitive life coach in order to keep the bills paid? Do I give up making art so I can save money on the costs of making art? Well after much thought and some tears too, I have come to a conclusion. I don’t give up anything. I can’t give up art making, it would be like cutting off my own arm to lose weight. That’s just dumb. I work hard at my day job in order to feed and take of my family, sure that’s a no-brain-er. I may sleep a little less, I may eat a little less, I may make do with supplies and find a challenge in that, and all that is okay to do. What I must not do is let my circumstances dictate my actions. I have never had a year that sales were so bad, but that is not because my artwork is failing, it because no one has any money to spend. That is something I can not control. I wait it out, I keep calm, I carry on.
I painted this simple little painting to remind myself and others that the end is not near. This is temporary, it may last longer than I would like, but it is still temporary in the scheme of things. I’ve been full time as an artist for 11 years now, I can’t stop or walk away from my true calling or my passion, it would be easier to just stop breathing. This is my life, suffering allows a soul to grow and offers challenges for the spirit to overcome. This isn’t a problem, this is a challenge to grow, to explore, to innovate, and to learn a new form of endurance and faith in self.
I hope you like the painting, that would be nice. But you see, I have never painted for the now, or the people outside my studio. I paint for me and if you find resonance or something that fits your style and decor that’s the bonus of living out loud for me. That super, that’s great and I live for those connections I am privileged to make with my patrons; patrons that I can talk too, get to know and be inspired by. If I sold my work through the traditional gallery system I would lose that one to one connection and that would make me sad. I love knowing my patrons, I love the friendships and connections I get to make. You inspire me, yes, you. So, everyone far and wide, stay calm and carry on. This too shall pass.
A little background on the message. These words are taken from a WWII poster that I found. It was plastered all over Great Britain as the bombs fell everyday on the populace of London. The words were bold on a pink background. I thought it was perfect for the conditions we all face right now, around the globe.
So my friends, Keep Calm and Carry On, we will make it through this crisis and hopefully be better for it. Love, live, laugh, and most of all stay true to yourselves.
Raw & Radiant,
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