I do like doing the Art from the Soul competition. It gives me the opportunity to look back in time and remind me why I do the art that I do.
The requirement for the competition is to complete a piece of art that reflects an emotion. Gardner, my garden Brownie, has a toothy smile that hopefully makes one just smile when looking at him. Creating his toothy smile took me outside of my comfort zone. This is what art will do for me, take me to some unknown space to explore and discover… all within the safety of my own home and personal space.
I once read that it takes just as much energy to smile as it does to frown. That being the case, then I choose to laugh/smile. I need to peel away the vines and roots that have me tied up in old concepts/thoughts. I choose to pull out the weeds (ideas I no longer need), clear the grounds, and plant that big toothy smile in place. Let that smile be over the top! A big laugh in the face of whatever might hold me back from reaping the ideas and art hidden within my soul.
At this time there seems to be a battle of darkness around me. So many people’s fears, anger, and hate which affect my perspective of my art and what I chose to reveal about myself. But art also allows me to change my destiny and my perspective. Just by putting my toothy laugh in my art, I have the choice of how I choose to present my innerself to the Darkness.
This little gardener, small as he is, awakened a piece of my soul, allowing it to come to life like a seed reaching for the sunlight. He took me down a garden path I haven’t seen before. He helped me create a haven where I could escape the Darkness of Reality for just a few minutes. Art captured that nurturing energy of Love and Peace which grows in my garden transforming it into my garden Brownie. Art feeds my Soul with seeds of inspiration and lets the sound of laughter beam down like rays of sunshine.
Now I am ready for winter to be over and spring to arrive...