It has been 7,5 years since I last exhibited my work. I have been kind of invisible in my beautiful studio on the first floor. I have inspired many people to create themselves, shared my knowledge, my materials, my experience with them. Gave them a safe space to experiment, to make mistakes, to let go of blockages, to just CREATE without goal, just for the fun of it. And I love doing that. It is who I am, I inspire to create.
Besides that I had the opportunity (I actually CREATED that also!) to travel to Ibiza a lot to co-create there. With my Spanish boyfriend who is a very talented artist, we decorated a yoga-platform, a car, a trailerhome, a tent, a few walls and LOTS of wooden signs with inspiring words and quotes. I can state that our creations are very visible in Ibiza.
But in the meantime I had a huge collection of paintings lying around in my studio, taking up space and no-one ever saw them. What a waste of happiness. It made me question why my work was not making other people happy in their houses and working space? The answer was this: I was nervous to be visible again. To be vulnerable and out there, showing my soul images.
In a wonderful skype conversation with Arjen Slijp I replaced the fear of being rejected as an artist for my intention to give my gift no matter what people think of it.
Marianne Williamson said this:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
So here I am. I decided to be brave and radiant and show what I have to offer. Even if you cannot appreciate my art, I will keep on creating and sharing it. Brilliant, gorgeous, talented and faboulous. This weekend I will present my latest work on Art Grave. You are invited!