While mom was living with us, I had someone kinda watching me while I was painting. It was weird. My mom is honest, trust me. And she does not always get the «why this is like this and not like that» but she also always understand my silences. My «mouthless» characters. Without me having to explain it with words. She gets me as I am. And sometimes this is all that you need. Not having to explain your decisions, just having your people understanding that this is an expression of yourself, no matter how different it is.
I never put my Nixies in «confrontation» with the previous ones. They all have a Soul and Story on their own, distinct from the others’. Sometimes though, I look back and some belong together. And that’s okay that they tell me so after they are finished, it relieved me from some pressure I would otherwise put on my shoulders.
I get bored easily, you might know that already if you’ve been following me for a bit. This is why I began this 365 Nixies in 2016 project, to push myself everyday. Going outside of what I know I can do. Going outside what I love. Finding new ways to create what tells the stories bubbling inside of me. This is also why I create several Nixies or projects at the same time.
I use what makes me happy (ColourArte’s products, The Crafter’s Workshop stencil, gels and gessos and colors, lots and lots of colors) because it is what makes my heart all fuzzy inside. What makes me burst a few dance moves in my Teal Studio. What keeps me sane while going all the way to the edge of what I know is true. This is when I let go of all these that weird beautiful things happen in the Studio (and you’ll notice that it can apply to any area of your life as well !).
When I write my bio, I try to put labels on myself. Who am I ? How can I describe myself and what I create so people can understand and see and maybe relate. But I know I need to let it all go. The labels. The expectations. Who I think I am. What I think my art should look like. Everything.
I am working on launching Texture Tales, my online class all about creating gorgeous texture in your art. The trailer is almost ready to be released. I can’t wait for you to discover what I have in store for you in this class ! It is another boundary pusher for me, getting it out there to you, trusting and surrendering.
What do you think would happen if you could let that go too ?