Last week I received a compliment from a woman who I deeply admire and consider a brilliant creative light in the world. My eyes filled with water at her words. She said that its like I am holding a magic wand and spreading brightness with my art and she waved her arm like an angel sprinkling fairy dust.
When people say things like that to me, I am initially shocked- you think that, really? But over time, this initial shock has turned into a deep gratitude.
Its not that I think I am special. It’s actually not me. I mean, it is me, but it is more about me being open to the wisdom in the universe that is available to everyone- the wisdom and creativity that swirls around us, that connects all of us.
I finished my gratitude project called A Hundred Thank Yous, where I made 100 paintings for 100 people who have made a difference in my life. I had a gallery show on June 16th, and now I am in the process of giving them all away.
A few weekends ago it hit me how really crazy this whole thing was. 100 paintings? How did I even do that? But after I let the feelings wash over me and away, I saw with clear eyes, the gifts in all of it.
When I first started the project, I worried that I would run out of creative ideas. But it is not me who has to think of every painstakingly creative idea. I just have to show up and be open to it. The creative ideas are out there in the universe. The painting is already made.
I show up to my work openhearted, with the intention to radiate love and shine brightly.
That’s really all I need to do.