Visual Quest Student Work
As a spirit seeker, I’m always goldmining the present moment for the sacred. I also set up my life and my travels around creating sacred connection. I see humanity on a quest to touch the divine within them in order to connect to the Great Mystery, the divine without.
Surrendering control is the first step.
Each of us has different love languages- ways of expressing what’s inside of us.
For some thoughts, feelings and transitions, there are no words.
So we create! We make with our minds and hands to move what’s in our soul out into the world.
Sometimes our work looks decidedly like other artists’. Boo! We want our work to be our own- original, true and distinct. It can be a challenge to execute a creative idea in our style, and so we play it safe – we paint like others paint, write poems in others’ voices, write prose imitating the masters.
With this in mind, I crafted 8 Ways to Create More Authentic Artwork, number one, because I love eight. It’s infinite! And two, because what’s in your soul loves to be expressed in your voice, not someone else’s.
8 Ways to Create More Authentic Artwork
1. Find accessible portals into your soul.
Travel into other dimensions of Self for information. Discover your way in. The rabbit holes await.
2. Get intimate with what’s in there.
Don’t be afraid. It’s just beautiful, deep you.
3. Face it fearlessly and honestly.
Then get even more honest. Listen to what you’ve been previously afraid to.
4. Release your expectations.
Your creation doesn’t need to look pretty or nice. Allow it to be as mysterious as you are.
5. Allow your soul-stuff to come to life without attachment.
Kind of like we parents do with our children. It doesn’t have to make you look good or your ego feel good to be worthwhile. All it has to do is mean something to you.
6. Travel deeper into your soul.
You’ll begin to sense it mingling with the divine. Create from that magical kingdom. Learn it’s topography by walking through it as a respectful observer rather than know-it-all tour guide.
7. Release it in color and movement across the blank surface.
Let your creation tell you what shape it wants to take. Let your soul speak directly to your hands as you step aside and surrender the reins. Trust what comes from you.
8. Follow your creation’s lead and let it bring the teaching to you.
Allow the unconscious re-membering to be medicinal for the conscious you, which lives up here in Ordinary Reality. You are the Wisdom Keeper for what’s in your soul from long, long ago.
And if you require some heart and hand-holding during this process, I love to nurture the sacred expression in you. Come to Visual Quest and paint with me!
It begins Monday, and we’ll be painting live in session during the course, as well as taking trips aplenty through those gorgeous and revealing portals together.