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Doing the Work I'm Here to Do

February 10, 2015  •  8 Comments

I have questioned my vocation-as-artist many times.

Sometimes the questioning was borne from doubt ("I'm not good enough").

Sometimes from stress ("I need to pull in a bigger income to support my family").

And sometimes from an unease at settling on any one thing ("There must be something else...").

But each time the question has arisen, and I've looked it right in the face, the answer has come back the same:

Keep painting. Keep drawing. Keep creating. 

And with each cycle of questioning (and answering), another layer of resistance has melted away. Resistance to what?

To being. To doing. To living this human life. To making a choice about my vocation, and sticking with it (for a while, at least).

So today, I am back in my studio (nothing fancy; just a small room in the back of my house, packed with tools, canvases, and an intent to create.) This week's project is for the annual Gold Labs Symposium, an event that pulls together scientists and thinkers from around the world, to discuss the global state of healthcare. My job? To distill each year's themes into a concrete piece of artwork.

The work in progress:

And what about you?

Are you inspired by your vocation

Or do you find yourself in a situation divorced from inspiration and fulfillment?

If the latter, is there one small step that can be taken in the direction of a greater engagement in what you are here to do?

(More on this in an upcoming post...)

 


Comments

Bryce Widom
Thank you for sharing, Patricia. Beautiful.
Patricia Hughes(non-registered)
I honor your acceptance of your vocation and challenge to all of us. I served many people for over forty years and after five decades of wondering if I had completed anything I was sent here to do. i am at peace. Yes, I am doing what I was sent here to do. Your art is wonder-full; my service is wonder-full.
Bryce Widom
Frances, thanks for taking the time to comment on this post's impact on you. I like the movement in your leopard painting - the leopard facing in, the trees leaning together, the path, all leading toward this along this "Origin Path". This, as I see it, is one of the great gifts of Art - guiding us back to the point of Origin of all things - not merely as a concept, but as an experience.
Frances(non-registered)
I think most artists go through motivated, creative, art producing times and monkey mind analytical dealing with life projects. Personally, I have moved a lot. The continuing influence has been nature, animals, people, dreams, questions about existing in this world and what worlds lie beyond.
Please see a few of my samples. It's interesting that my leopard is facing away from the viewer like many ofour subjects. I planned this so the viewer could follow the leopard into nature.
My site https://www.behance.net/creativitysoars
I would love feedback.
Bryce Widom
Amber, thank you. Our inspiring-of-one-another is deeply mutual.

Gma Ardie and Brad, so cool to see you here. Not quite sure what you mean by, "creativity is sanity's paradigm"? But I do know that stifling creativity leads me to something close to insanity!

Marisa, I like that - "intense purpose". And right, we're so not alone - there are at least two of us;) And even the tides go through this, each and every day (finding resonance in the sea has been push/pulling me into a deeper relationship with the fluxy nature of my own being).
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