Before I picked up my first paintbrush,
I didn't know that walking the creative path would some days be like slaying dragons.
I mean it seems a pretty sedate life choice to paint, ya know?
But dragons are stealthy and quiet - I swear people in your life usually can't even see them.
Some are disguised as self-doubt, some as criticism, some as boredom, many as fear.
Really there are a thousand different dragons!
("Angel In My Pocket", collage & acrylic on canvas, 36"x36".)
Just when you conquer one dragon, here comes the next.
The ONLY thing that works in this endless battle is to just show up.
Everyday, in every way.
Dedication, routine, ritual, devotion, practice, courage - typical badass warrior stuff.
(Work in progress, collage & acrylic on canvas, 24"x30".)
Bandage the wounds, get some rest, steel yourself for another day with the dragon.
Paint, write, draw, doodle, dance . . . just do your art.
Again and again.
Today and tomorrow.
And remember wise Nietzsche's words - "that which does not kill you, makes you stronger".
("The Ritual", collage, acrylic & graphite on canvas, 36"x60")