The struggle…

The life of an artist; the constant balancing of normalcy and creative abnormality. A search for peace within constant flux of organized madness and disorganized bliss. To tidy up the scattered supplies strewn about your living quarters, or to stroll freely amongst the cramped creative battlegrounds we despise and prize. Who’s to say? I say yes to all of it.

Now about this whole online thing.

I’ve been around. Wait… I’ve been around the webs. Yes, and I have at times expressed my feelings on the beloved social media of this technological age. That thing which so many prize as utmost and divine. I feel…uhh…less fuzzy about it shall we say. Yet here I am.

I realize some people are quite adept at maintaining a cohesive online semblance of self. This can be quite tedious and tiresome in my honest opinion. I much prefer utilizing life and it’s creative freedoms to their fullest extents, and then repeating that again the following day…and repeating repeatedly. This however does not bode well with online representation, nor simply sharing for that matter. Which I quite like actually; sharing that is.

Anyhoo. I apologize for not sharing more.

We can all make excuses for what we wish to become better at, aspects we wish to change or improve upon. Yet in the end thats all they really are…excuses right? But not really. It’s important to remember that we are all people, all unique, with different lives, dreams and issues to tackle. Everyone needs a little support at times. Perhaps the real truth is that we can all do a little bit more to help eachother. Yes.

At this point in time you may perhaps be asking yourself, “Did I come here to read this blog post just to be lectured..ridiculed?” No. Of course you didn’t.

How about rattled, inspired, shook. Enticed even. #motivated ?

My bottom line here if there ever was one, is simple. I will try to share more of what I create. I will try harder to inspire myself and hopefully inspire others. All I would ask in return is the same. Share. Give freely and passionately that which we all crave and desire. Inspiration. Motivation. Creativity.

It can be a harsh and unforgiving place out there. We all approach it differently, handle it individually, and react to it uniquely. That is what makes it so great I suppose. People, and art.

Take care till next time!

Flower - Watercolor, Acrylic, and Pen on Paper- WIP

Artist

 

We all share an inherent need to express and to understand. These are all common traits we struggle with independently. Often times I am amazed at how life and art mirror each other, and how difficult to understand they both can be. Within this concept exists a philosophy: that life is art…and we are the artists.

“The Artist”

Some say it is better to understand one’s self, in order to better understand others. The truth of this rests in our ability to accomplish such a feat. Art is similar in this regard, existing as expression of self that not everyone comes to grasp. True comprehension and appreciation may however be obtained through the many trials and tribulations of life, where we find our capability and capacity for understanding. Perhaps only after overcoming these obstacles as only life can introduce, can we truly begin to acknowledge who we are as people; or as artists.

If someone were to ask of your true personality, a wise reply might be; “Well that is for you to experience, and not for me to describe.” Again, art is similar. Having said this also brings another correlation: that while it may be easy to interact with others in attempts to “know” them; understanding who they are remains complex. Thus, life’s experiences add hesitation and weariness in our ability to fully understand others…or their art.

At times the doubts we hold on to can be a hindrance to our remaining open-mindedness, as well as our innate ability to share. At times this may be considered a worthy protective mechanism. Once making it past any defenses, the discovery of your inner true self will be trustworthy and pure in expression. For example, striving to help others when possible or simply doing what is right when no reward is sought; is a true insight to character.

When you pursue your goals with the greatest enthusiasm while holding on to the feeling that anything is attainable, people may think you are crazy. Yet you can disagree in a respectful manner and justify your reasoning later with positive and creative action. Meanwhile we hold closely in great confidence those who appeal to our devotions in life and to our art. It is true that many times the paths we have chosen lead us to walk alone; yet we must pursue that trail because it leads us to what we desire most. Solitude can be lonely in physical sense, yet liberating and expansive for creative expression, heart and mind.

Following the paths we have chosen speaks clearly to who we are and what we do. We are the unchanged, yet ever changing; alone, yet not lonesome. Creators of new worlds and destroyers of old, versatile in our abilities to recreate ourselves endlessly. To fulfill our ultimate desires we create wonder and enchantment through that which we love. The imaginative innovators and focused idealists, seeking realization of our dreams in efforts to adapt and learn; on this great journey of self-discovery. Our lives are art, and we are all artists.

-RJR-

 

Fairy Tale?

Fairy Tale?

Once upon a time, people cared. Many of them possessed a great respect for their environment, as well as their fellow people. Life and death were chains of hardship carried by all. The links of which had carried more weight than any material possession. It was this struggle that forged their preservation, and tempered their beliefs.

Within this set of beliefs, people and the lands flourished.  With balance grew an understanding of the balance. Soon there arose a sense of guardianship for nature. A realization of the benefits we reaped from its safeguard. There is however, a balanced opposition to all things.