"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, but it stays with me in the back of my mind and shows up in some form or another in a painting.
This image resonated and wouldn't let me go for several reasons. One, I know her- she is my cousin as well as my friend- and this is such a perfect representation of who she is. I love the freedom, energy, beauty and spontaneity of it. Kara is a true artist through and through. She has always protected that space in her soul of childlike freedom, play, and passion that the world tries it's best to drown out.
Finding that magic, or rediscovering it, is just a process like anything else. It is found in the artist that resides in the soul of each one of us. The child inside that still wants to play with paint to their heart's content and dance and jump in the waves without self-consciousness. Spending time being quiet and curious about what makes us happy can help each of us find what we truly love again, and once we do, we are better able to remember our passion, resilience and energy. 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.