“Look over your shoulder. It’s not there. We carry it all inside us.” –Natalie Goldberg, Writer
At thirteen years old, I transferred from a parochial Catholic school to an intense, academically challenging, amazing Quaker school. There was a teacher there who told me during a studio art class, “That’s not the sun, silly.” And from there, I did not stick with visual art for almost two decades. Though I did lots of creative things, in that moment, I let her shut down my vision of what I could draw and paint.
In my late twenties and early thirties, I just started buying paints and taking photos. I was always writing. My first painting was an abstract of the sun called “That’s not the sun, silly.” It was my defiant step into the world of visual art. Since then, I have participated in several visual art group shows and even had a solo photography show which also featured large installations of poetry.
I share my story to invite you to step into your courage.
Is there some area at any point in your life where someone told you that you were not good enough? Or perhaps you didn’t have the formal education so you don’t count your talents? Did you stop trying? Do you still long for it? Take one step to try. See what happens.
I’m happy to post my son’s painting titled “Monster” and to celebrate the public art installation I witnessed on the way to work. Art is everywhere!
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