Whispers In The Wind

February 11, 2014

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As I have aged I have learned to quiet my spirit and listen to the wind. Whispers are found there, of deep longings from my spirit, of answers to questions I refuse to ask, and of gentle nudges directing me in ways that I am blind to when my noise meter is on full blast. In the moments that I choose to slow down and listen, my maker sends the language of love and compassion my way, for that I am truly grateful. Lately, I have been spending more time listening and less time talking, and I can tell a huge difference in my serenity. 

Artwork is like that some times. When I rush through ideas or pieces because I can, the heart is more silent. It doesn’t mean that what I think or create is wrong, it just means that it isn’t connected to my heart as much, and the further away from my heart I go, the more I know I am spinning my wheels and pissing my bones off. I am convinced that my bones have a direct line to my heart, like they are on Twitter together or something because it never fails…. when I am doubting myself, being careless, or acting on disconnected information my bones get royally fed up and let me know that. When I am creating for any other reason than being altruistic, I feel it in my bones. 

One way I practice staying connected is completing what I call Quick Paints. I take 15-30 min, use paper that would ordinarily be discarded, and I create a painting from my heart, not my head. This practice does two things: It keeps me creating from a sense of flow and it keeps me loose in my style so that I don’t over think a piece and create from redundancy. Over thinking is the black widow of the painting process and can be lethal to a pure creative event every time. Here are two pieces I created in this way and both characters have been with me under the shadows, waiting to see the light of day, and longing for me to slow down and give birth to them. They came from my heart, not my head…and I trust that. 

“Mr. Boudelaire’s Hair Is On Fire” (sold)
“He Plays Jazz On King Street” 5″ by 11″ acrylic on paper, matted 

Because professional artists create to sell the majority of the time, we often get caught up in painting for purpose rather than painting from passion, or at least I do. Bills must be paid, supplies purchased, and marketing explored, but for me, that can’t be an excuse to bail on why I paint. My soul speaks through the wind, it says, “Paint through me, not in spite of me.” Painting from this inspiration, not matter how different or weird, will always ground me in being true to my gift, self, and God. I sit here with the deepest understanding that it is His voice whispering in the wind…. He speaks through others, and he speaks with strength. I am grateful today for those who spoke to me with encouragement, with support, and with nudges of staying brave and bold in my long term art goals. 

The artists of HeArtspace on FB are my whisperers as well, they speak the truth from a place of love. 🙂 The incredible Jeanne Bessette curates this group! It is not a group for artists to share pics, although occasionally we do. Rather, it is a group for artists to share the journey of being and becoming an artist. If you are interested in joining, in actively sharing your experiences, good and bad, of living a life as an artist, then friend her and request to be added to her secret group. Best decision I have made lately….best!

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  1. Sherri Shokler says:

    Ardith -thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this. Beautifully written, it so mirrors what I am just now discovering about myself and my process. For the past year (since doing the Bloom True course) I have been on an amazing creative journey, allowing me for the first time in my 50+ years to feel in my heart and yes! even down to my bones! that there is a body of work waiting for me to bring into this world. To be able to say and believe wholeheartedly that I have "my work" to do fills me with satisfaction, meaning, and purpose in a way that I've not experienced before. So profound indeed. Even though I've found my work is in fiber – quilting, embroidery, etc. the creative process remains the same. My journey has been facilitated and enriched immeasurably by the other creative folks I've met along the way, including you. Thanks again for sharing your world with us.
    Sherri Shokler

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