These powerful words from Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear really resonated with me this afternoon:
Creative Living, Defined
So this, I believe, is the central question which creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?
Look, I don't know what's hidden within you. I have no way of knowing such a thing. You yourself may barely know, although I suspect you've caught glimpses. I don't know your capacities, your aspirations, your longings, your secret talents. But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
The hunt to uncover those jewels-- that's creative living.
The courage to go on that hunt in the first place-- that's what separates the mundane existence from a more enchanted one.
The often surprising results of that hunt-- that's what I call Big Magic.
And finally, I would have to say that the biggest highlight, surprise, and joy of this month has been my painting. I've felt so compelled to begin this journey back to the world of visual art. Not just admiring other artists and their work, but finally being able to develop my own gifts as an artist. (I now can proudly say that I am an artist!)
After all these years that have passed from the days of my young womanhood, something I've never felt a desire to do until this month. An undertaking I thought so frightening, intimidating, and overwhelming. But my muse won't let up! Thoughts and images of what to paint come to me as I'm running in the mornings or when I'm dreaming at night. It is deeply healing work, exhilarating work, fulfilling work, and happy work. A wondrous and interesting and curious thing to see how all of this is unfolding in my life.
These last three images from my most recent painting:
"To the Deep"
Lots of excavating and layering expressing both the physical and emotional aspects of this painting.