"The magic in you"
This painting is of a photo of an incredibly talented friend of mine, Kara Davis, who is a choreographer and dancer in San Francisco. The energy, spontaneity, and passion in the photo captures her beautifully, and I have been planning on painting it, just letting it "simmer" for quite some time now.
When I sit with an image for awhile, it is much easier for me to get to the essence of what I want to say through my painting. Sometimes I'm not exactly sure what it is that draws me to paint an image, it takes time before I fully understand, and other times I get excited about painting something, only to have my interest fade to nothing after awhile.
But this one resonated and wouldn't let me go. After Covid hit, I still wanted to paint it but wondered how it would translate during these times when everyone is struggling. The answer came to me as I listened to the news one day and thought of all the other people listening too, getting depressed, unable to get away from the constant stream of bad news. I began to think about how our best remedy for combating the ugliness of our world is to look inward to find that magic place that resides in every one of us. The little space in our soul of childlike freedom, play and passion that the world tries it's best to drown out.
Finding that place, that magic, or rediscovering it, is just a process like anything else. Just spending time being quiet and curious about what makes you happy can help you find what you truly love and once it emerges, it enables us to look outside of our circumstances and find passion, resilience and energy. Better equipping us mentally, emotionally and spiritually to deal with whatever the world throws our way.
So here is my challenge to you today. Find something that makes you feel like a kid again. Do something that stirs the playfulness and effortless energy you may have forgotten about. It's not just for you, it's for all of us- our world needs renewal, hope, passion and a little bit of your magic right now!
*** If you are up for the challenge, post a photo of something that encapsulates the magic for you on the comments below or on my facebook page. I will do a drawing of all the people who send photos for a free mini painting next month. ***