Thursday, July 2, 2015

Personal Independence and Creativity

This is a re-post an earlier July 4th newsletter about independence and creativity. Why re-post? Because it goes to the heart of being "true to your art" (whatever that may mean) and more importantly, "true to yourself." I think we all know what that should mean.

First a July 4th 2015 "shout-out" to all the new subscribers: Welcome, enjoy, and thank you for your interest.

Independence Rules! originally published July 3, 2013.

July 4th is our national holiday dedicated to Independence! How great is that! In addition to raising the flag and honoring our country, take a minute to ponder your personal independence. Not just freedom, as awesome as that is, but independence.

It may sound self-indulgent, but go ahead, you've got congress behind you. More or less.

This independence-thing has to do with knowing and doing what's best for you - as in being your best self ...not selfish. So it's also about caring for others and being the best parent-partner-person possible. But you can't be yourself if you lose yourself always going-with-the-flow or pleasing anyone-but-yourself. It's far easier said than done.

In terms of artwork, take a chance and break away from anti-independence habits:
  • forget about what's "trending" - connect with what inspires you 
  • leave negativity behind - embrace those of generous spirit
  • move beyond your comfort zone - push the limits to see what you can actually do
  • believe in yourself like your life depends on YOU - because, honestly... it does
Independent thinking is an important element of creativity. In fact that's what it takes to be creative and baby steps can get it done. It's been a pretty creative year for me so I want to wish everyone all the joy and satisfaction that comes from being yourself and working toward your personal dreams and goals.  

Be your own most creative self!
Happy Independence Day!

For this patriotic July 4th, I'm posting my only red, white and blue painting. Coincidentally, it was sold at my very first, independent, solo, art exhibit - something that used to be way outside my comfort zone.

 Chubby Pepper ©2012 Dorothy Lorenze
2015 Addendum:
And here's a fairly classic, all-American image of a boy and his dog, on the quintessential porch, no less.
Grandson and granddog "Waiting for the Bus".

Waiting for the Bus ©2015 Dorothy Lorenze

Thank you for joining me on my artistic journey.

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