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Sometimes you’ve just gotta put it out there. No matter what folks say, think or do. You gotta be you. It’s true, the older I get the less I am intimidated or concerned with what people think of my choices. Quite frankly, a huge relief.

One humongous decision I’ve made in the last couple of years is to put it out there. To share my work and hope for the best. To find comfort in a space of suspended vulnerability. Grace, confidence and a shield from the naysayers are my armor.

So far, so good. I could not have fathomed the positive response I would receive with respect to my artwork. I am growing in trust and personal style. Finding my eye, voice and mixed media passion. I am pushing through the learning curve. I am leaning in to my work, myself, my gifts.

The thing is, once it’s out there, it’s out there. It’s fruitless to try to take it back, cover it up or run away. Better, it is, to move forward to that place that can ignite, create and release. I’m getting there. But it hasn’t been easy. In fact, in the beginning I was petrified. Not to do the work. That’s the easy part for me. I love it and can lose hours, days in a blissed out creative trance. Nope, it’s the sharing that’s hard. So today I am giving myself a pat on the back. I’ve come so far and am propelled to continue. Trusting my intuition. Embracing instinct. Doing what feeds me and scares me. Loving it!

The photo above is Lifelines, 12×12 inch, acrylic on masonite. My first assignment for my painting class. Yup. There it is. I’m putting it out there. You saw a few glimpses of it in my studio post, last friday. Now, my friends, the finished piece.

Insert big exhale here. What will you do this month, week or day that scares you?

Go on, be vulnerable…

One Love, walk good, embracing, improving and sharing my gifts…

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Strange happenings over the course of the last week or so, particularly, thousands of black birds dropping from the sky and learning of the passing of a true Jamaican treasure have me contemplating mortality.

I have heard it said “when a wise woman dies it as if a library has burned down”.

An African proverb that stings true…

Sandra Alcot, aka Sajoya, an amazing, upful, gifted Queen, Poetess, Phenomenal Woman, Extraordinaire has crossed over. My family was fortunate to come to know Sajoya and her word power in 2006. At the time, my husband was the chef for an awesome new, conceptual restaurant, archival, garden, solar, palace, etc. Sajoya was deeply involved in the restaurant project.

Aside from her remarkable, nubian beauty, one of the first things I noticed about Sajoya was her bold spirituality and deeply rooted wisdom. She was a poet and a leader, an attorney, teacher, a sista, an herbalist, a mother, friend and a defender of women, human rights and healing, as well as a keeper of the Ras Tafari faith and history. The foundress of the Pum Pum Posse ( a poetry group and movement), Sajoya, was highly celebrated by the reggae community and entertainment industry for her pioneering work. What she did with words always left us wanting for more.

She will be remembered dearly and missed greatly. Give thanks for this precious life and all that she left here. Rest in Power Sajoya. Be free on the breeze…

One Love, walk good, giving thanks for life…

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