Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Art Inspiration..My Journey to Find, Nurture and Release the Artistic Soul

Hello ... Did you know that you have gifts and talents? It's true. There's a uniqueness of beauty that lies within each soul. And in my opinion, humble as it is, it is something great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson also had thoughts along these lines....

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters,
compared to what lies within us."

In this new season of my life, I have been exploring what that means for myself and others. Because I have felt this need to unleash something inside my heart that expresses beauty.

That inspires and lifts up the souls of today. And I don't believe that I'm the only one who feels that way.

I want my children and grand children to know and understand that desire to:
{And If I could others beyond my family...well that would be a dream come true!}

# Express themselves
# Be free in their unique giftings
# Inspire and encourage others

I had this thought today..

                         {To create is to be alive.}

I stumbled onto Julia Cameron's book called The Artist's Way.  That was several months ago and very recently, was reminded about it. I knew my birthday was coming up ( tomorrow :)  and so I
was waiting. I did finally order it though.. and accidentally ordered the wrong thing but it will work. (I wanted the devotional shown on the link above.)

I love it so far. It's a very spiritual book. Which pleases my heart as I want God to be the centre of my expressions and creations.  Reflections of His light and love. And I believe that all good and perfect things come from Him and so He should really get the credit or glory. However you want to say it.

Here are some quotes from others who evidently feel the same way:

"Straightaway the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God."
                                                             Johannes Brahms

My hope is to begin to share some during this time. Truths that enlighten, confirm or affirm. They will be from various sources. Websites...books.. quotes...music.. etc.

The thing that I read this morning was a truth for me. I'll share the text from The Artists Way by Julia
Cameron. (If you'd like to find out more about Julia Cameron, here's a link to her blog.

"For most of us, the idea that the Creator encourages creativity is a radical thought. We tend to think, or at least fear, that creative dreams are egotistical, something that God wouldn't approve of for us. after all, our creative artist is an inner-youngster and prone to childish thinking. If our mom or dad expressed doubt or disapproval for our creative dreams, we may project that same attitude onto a parental God. (capitalization mine) This thinking must be undone."

Can you relate to this? I can. I don't know that it was my parents, but my own wrong and contradictory thinking. And a lack of understanding. Even though I have always believed that all these good gifts come from God, I never thought that the developing and using a gift or talent was a "real" occupation.

How wrong I was and also mislead by others I might add. I now wonder why I ever believed that God would give a person a gift and then say, " No, you can't use that. It's not practical or useful for my
purposes." I struggled a lot with that one.

But thankfully, I now know the truth and have to trust that it's not too late. For my age of beginning this quest was 51 and am soon to be 53.

And in freedom, my journey began and will continue with many more truths to be found, no doubt.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Blessings to you on your way...
Tamara  xoxo


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Words to ponder..Interesting that you mentioned parental approval. My Mom totally does not "Get" what I do and for so long I tried to get her approval...Then quit trying. I have found my blog a huge validation for what I do. And crazy thing...I ALWAYS thought the Lord was behind me, he wants us to be happy....And you got it "To create is to be alive""


Tamara said...

Dear Carol..
Isn't it interesting how powerful a parent's influence can be? I'm glad that you were able to get beyond that and find such fulfillment and happiness in what you do. We have found the importance of following our hearts and trusting Him. And your work is beautiful and inspiring!

<3 Tamara

Monica said...

Dear Tamara,
thanks for following along and leaving such lovely note!
I really relate to what you wrote... actually, I "accepted" my given gifts, and started a career as licensed artist and photographer, in my late 30s!! No one in my family thought it was possible... :)
You can read my Art Saves story here, should you fancy:
And of course we MUST use the gifts that we have been given for our own joy, and as instrument of joy (and healing, beauty, inspiration, etc) for others too.
Monica xo

Tamara said...

Congratulations on your achievements! And, yes, I would appreciate reading your Art Saves story. I follow Jenny Doh's blog and love the "real people" and sincere art found there. Thank you for the visit and the comment.

<3 Tamara