"Merely by pursuing what you love you may inadvertently end up helping us plenty. “There is no love which does not become help,” taught the theologian Paul Tillich. Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascination, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself." —Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
With all that is going on in America this past week, it has been difficult for me to concentrate on my art because it seems like there are so many other things I "should" be doing. But being creative brings me joy. So I will keep on, and hope that, in addition to however else I can help, doing what I love will somehow breed more love in this world, and vigilantly express gratitude for having the good fortune to do it.
I recently listened to Big Magic and it resonated with me and lifted me up. Elizabeth Gilbert's voice is enchanting, so get it as an audiobook if you have the opportunity. I recommend drawing or painting while you listen to it, if that is your craft. Although, beware: you may have to keep pausing because you will want to record for future reference the many gems you will find.
This is one of the drawings I created with my coveted Koi watercolor brush pens while I soaked up the magic:
And these are three of the four art prints in the series I created from that drawing:
This series is fun and playful, and has me excited about continuing to experiment with shape and color in this vein. I submitted this series to the Minted x West Elm challenge and if you are so inclined, I would love your vote:
Petals No. 1: www.minted.com/design-rating/736919
Petals No. 2: www.minted.com/design-rating/736927
Petals No. 3: www.minted.com/design-rating/736947
Petals No. 4: www.minted.com/design-rating/736961