|No.11 She Speaks For Herself|
She and I did not get along. She was a hard Princess to be around and therefore she's not one of my favorites. But I showed up! I am proud of that. I committed to the painting until the end.
I'm reading this amazing book, "The War of Art" suggested by a friend and an amazing artist who has consistently inspired me.
This book describes what happens to an artist to discourage them and the author personalizes it in the name of "Resistance". I loved this passage:
Every time we don't show up to the page or the easel because of our critical internal voices, we have lost the spiritual battle within us.If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from the achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius. Genius is a Latin word; the Romans used it to denote an inner spirit, holy and inviolable, which watches over us, guiding us to our calling. A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center. It is our soul's seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star's beacon and Polaris.
God has given each of us a gift, a calling. Our job is not the viewer, not the critic, not the encourager. Our job is to show up and give our gift to the world and let God do the rest. It may not change the world, but it will change us in the process of aligning ourselves with His purposes.
|Fresco style of No. 11 |
I like this one better for some reason.