June 22, 2009
You are 16 and are so young to have decided to be an artist at this time in your life. First, let me congratulate you on your choice. From here on, you enter the endless magic life of being an artist.
The world is your oyster: it will provide you with unlimited material for your art. Look at it again from that point of view. Suddenly the world is a different place, so interesting, so beautiful and so mysterious. Have fun with it and share your fun with everyone around you.
You, as an artist, will unfold the infinite mystery of life, and share it with the world. It may just be two people your work will communicate to. Don't be upset. Be upset if you are not happy with your work. Never be upset about how many people have seen it, or how many reviews it has received. Your work will exist and keep influencing the world. Moreover, your work will keep changing the very configuration of our world, no matter what kind of attention it gets or it doesn't get. So even when you are an unknown artist, be caring of what you make and what you give out. Your work, no matter what, effects the world, and in return it brings back 10x what you've given out. If you give out junk, you get back junk. If you give out confusion, you will give yourself confusion. If you give out something beautiful, you will get back 10x more beauty in your life. That's how it works.
You are now like a tree in the park. Your existence is making the city breathe well. So relax and be yourself. Don't try to be anything but yourself. Rely on your instinct and inspiration.
Go with it!
Believe in yourself. You will have a radiant life. I love you!
I just had to put that quote up from an older Yoko Ono talking to her 16 year old self by way of a letter written for the book, Dear Me: a letter to my sixteen year old self. I bought that book for my library a few months ago because I've often caught myself having a wee chat to my 16 year old self, trying to get her to remind me what it was like to be 16 again. Not all of us want to go back there, of course, but I work with 16 year olds and it's a good way to touch base with all those hopes and aspirations that we set at that age. I've often wondered what advice I'd give myself as I launched myself into the grown up world. So if you could give yourself some advice, what would it be? That's what this book is all about. What would your older self say to your younger self? Sometimes I get so busy, I can't remember what those goals were...and then things slow down and I find I can remember them and know that I'm still fulfilling them...just a bit differently from how I would have envisioned doing it back then. This blog, in part, reminds me of that...it's where I touch base with myself - a bit of me time - where I can reflect and affirm.
"Time for New Life"
Well, in real time, I've been fulfilling a lot of swap promises and giveaways...I just have my friend Lyle's mail art to send off and I'm nearly done - well, no actually, there's still Simon - the artist behind a fabulous series of photographs who was kind enough to give me this divine print from his website, Shadow Show, and of course, my giveaway winner....but I'm getting there - I promise! Anyway, speaking of giveaways... I've also done a couple of giveaways and I'm about to announce the winner of another too...namely, last week's (or was it the week before?) 100th blog post giveaway!
Whoo's the winner then?
A gorgeous little patchwork owl from Jacky over at Art4moi! Thanks Jacky!
So, without further ado....
CONGRATULATIONS must go to....
Bluebeard and Elizabeth! Hooray! Both cat and human will be getting an envelope of surprises just as soon as I've posted of Lyle's envelope. Lol!
Anyway, well done you two! I'm contacting you via your blog now...