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So… today, if you listened to the news, you heard that there was yet another shooting. This comes the day after someone was arrested for sending pipe bombs to prominent political figures. As an artist that lives in Rochester, New York; a place where I don’t feel particularly powerful I don’t know how to fight this kind of horror. To purposely want to murder someone because of their political beliefs or their faith astounds me.
I am a wife, a mother, an aunt, godmother, grandmother, sister, friend and well… you get the idea. I want to shield my loved ones from horror. Truth be told, I want to sort of live in a bubble and not attach to any of it as well. Over a year ago, I consciously made the choice to stop listening to NPR. I honestly couldn’t take it. The horrors, the rhetoric, violence put me in a bad mood and kept me there most of the day. I couldn’t sleep at night. I HAD to let go for a while.
A few months ago, I started listening again. You cannot make changes unless you understand what needs to change. I wish to be an informed participant of our country. I wish to have a clue about what is going on in our world, even if it is hard to listen to. I have tried to not let it take over my day, my ability to function, some days I find it more difficult than others.
So today, listening to the fact that people gathered to worship and were gunned down, saddens me to the deepest level. I don’t know how to make it stop. As a person of faith, someone who believes in prayer, I pray. I pray for not only those close but also the country, our leaders, the world, peace….. well, you get the idea. But praying doesn’t seem to be enough. Today these people who were senselessly gunned down WERE PRAYING! They were bothering no one. They were murdered in one of the most vulnerable places one could be.
I believe in the power of prayer. But I need to do more than that. It’s not enough. I believe in the power of knowledge. I am proud to say that I am an informed voter. Again, not enough.
So here I sit, the world seems so dark and yet I have faith in the light. It would be easy to allow fear to take over, it’s human nature. It seems everywhere we turn there is another tragedy.
Darkness will not drive our Darkness – only light will do that. MLKing, Jr.
I know I have written about it in the past, today is no different. When it is the darkest dark, all I know to do is to take inventory of what is right in the world, in my life and celebrate it. If gratitude is the whispering light in the darkness and love defeats hate, then we need to gather together to fill the world with hope. I don’t know how to fight this hatred, this bigotry, and this complete discord. I only know that I have to love bigger, be more grateful, and be more proactive.
This is where you come in… I invite you to join me. This month (November) we will explore gratitude. I promise if you dive in with me, you will see a new perspective. You will hopefully feel move love and more love. Each day you will receive a prompt. It is up to you what happens next.
I hope you will join me. I hope you will find bountiful reasons to be grateful. I know that you will share your light.
To join, just email me: Susan@CreateArt4Good.org – I will fix you right up.
Until then- I am grateful for you!
Blessings and love,
When I think about five years ago, I could have never imagined that today, I would be celebrating the beginning of my sixth year in a new studio in the Hungerford, completely focused there, and joyfully launching into so many new and wonderful things!
It all feels so amazing, you know?
Thank you for your love and support.
This week opens the exhibit created by the wonderfully talented mixed media artist, Maia Horvath. I met Maia one evening during an artisan social. The social actually happened to be at her house.
When I entered her studio I was overwhelmed by amazing art that seemed to be seen from every possible corner of the room. (this is not to mention her intense art supply organizational system.) It was clear to me from the moment I met her that Maia has a plan. She sees things that no one could ever fathom until they witness her work. She organized her studio to be able to facilitate that vision, helping her to create amazing work.
Maia is an incredible artist who has a heart as big as the ocean. Her sense of style and color is uniquely hers. She doesn’t follow anyone’s lead, she burns her own path. Maia is almost shy about her talents. She is certainly unassuming about her bushel basket full of talents and takes only enough credit to note that she is frugally creative.
You owe it to yourself to take some time to see this exhibit! Don’t wait too long, the ladies go home with Maia by the 21st. They will then be shown at Maia’s booth at the Purple Painted Lady exhibit.
I hope you are living your dream, I sure am! With love and peace –
In June I left my position of nearly thirteen years to live the little girl (and big girl) dream of being a “REAL” artist 24/7. I no longer have to divide my time or my energy with two full-time positions, but one. ONLY ONE.
I could have never anticipated what happened next.
First, I am well aware that life does not roll out like it does in the movies. The main character whom you have cherished during the previous 79 minutes of the film gets her dream after enduring and overcoming every possible obstacle. All the sentimentals in the theater get a heavy dose of dopamine as the credits roll and all is right in the world. What we don’t see is the main character’s struggle AFTER the credits roll. What we don’t understand is that even when dreams come true it does not guarantee success nor does it ignore the fact that it is usually a heck of a lot of work.
AND…there is the fact that the entire game has changed. What you have done for decades you are no longer required to do. There is comfort in routine. There is comfort in having a backup to your dream plan. There is comfort in knowing that you have your fingers in several pies…
So, all of that said, this is a very vulnerable time for me. I am trying to focus in spite of a few unexpected challenges. I am trying to build the new road and focus my energy.
Here’s the thing. This is scary stuff. The summer has been hot and humid. That encompassing overwhelming feeling you get on a really hot and humid day is sort of how my spirit has felt for these last two months.
But today- I woke up, and I felt stronger. The air had that autumn crispness to it. I feel rested for the first time in months. I feel like I was able to make a difference in this day. I feel strong. I feel focused.
The new normal isn’t always a linear path. Sometimes you have to dig around to find out where the road is and set with intent the destination. I have dreamt about a vocation as an artist since I was a very little girl. I have felt the joys and balance of my own spirituality and wonder every single time I have held a colored pencil or paintbrush. I believe that this step is vital in my pure authentic life.
Today I do not have to rely on my faith of this to feel the rightness of it. My footing is solid, my hopes feel like a plan and I am secure in the next step.
Today, I am actually understanding that while the struggle was real (and might be again tomorrow or even this afternoon) the light for this path is on full strength. I am secure in the unknown, I am equipped to handle the path and I am joyfully accepting of the darkness. It is in that darkness where I have found the brightest of lights.
The dream is real. There is a plan. There is a paintbrush,,,it awaits.
I pray you find your dream- I pray you have the courage to live it 100%.
with great big love and gratitude,
It doesn’t seem possible that I began Create Art 4 Good seven years ago. I know it didn’t happen over night, It was a lifetime of gathering tools and clarification before making the big jump. Little did I understand at the time that what I craved ultimately was the key to my success. I just wanted to be me- all of me, and move through the world with that. I was frustrated that I felt like I had so much to share but had no venue in which to do so.
Create Art 4 Good was a path to authenticity. I think that embracing all of who we are ultimately serves us and others perfectly.
So here we are. Seven years later! I suppose I not only am excited about all that has been accomplished, but I suppose I am embracing my “seven year itch” with leaving my full-time day position to dedicate all of my time to Create Art 4 Good. This is such a huge dream come true, I cannot even believe my life!
Below find a little video, celebrating the last seven years. I am grateful to you for your love and support. On to the next 7 years!
big love and bigger blessings,
So many good things happening at Create Art 4 Good-
Call 4 Art! – Mandala musing
This is an exhibit based on the art and creation of mandala. All media will be considered entry does not mean acceptance. There will be people’s choice award given at the closing reception to enter- find details here: Mandala Musing.
Holiday Boutique @ Create Art 4 Good:
Looking for beautiful, upscale items for a holiday boutique that will begin on Friday, November 23 and end on December 22, 2018. This is a highly curated event and a limited number of artists will be accepted. I am still looking for:
If you would like to take part, please contact Susan: Susan@CreateArt4Good.org
Submit the following:
Irondequoit Pop up Art market– as of this writing the decision to move forward with this is HOURS old. If you would like to participate please see the details here: Irondequoit Pop-Up Art Market
Questions? Contact Susan
I am working on my book this week- If you would like to make an appointment to attend the awesome sale that is currently going on- please make an appointment!
I am off to celebrate a family wedding, but guess what? My sweet daughter, Meaghan will be there to share with you the fun in the studio!
So, guess what? In JUST a week, I will be quitting my position of nearly thirteen years to begin the next chapter of my life. It is almost hard to believe. BUT, here we are!
Over the past seven years or so I have grown this business into something that honestly just amazes me. I have said it all along, I have to keep up with the momentum that seems to naturally be occurring. I am certainly not complaining. But this does keep my own on toes.
I believe that it is time now to let go of the past and dive into the future. That said, I am proud of the work I have done in the past. It isn’t that at all. I am just ready to think bigger, do more, dive deeper.
This is where you come in! I have set things out in a Clear the Slate sale! I am offering items up to 75% off. Pretty fancy, right? I hope you will adopt a photo or two, or maybe a few hundred cards- I cannot wait to share what comes next!
blessings to you- thank you for sharing this adventure with me.
Big huge love
P.S. Due to a personal commitment I am not able to be at the gallery on first Friday. My deepest gratitude goes to Stefani Tadio who always seems to generously share her time and talent when there is a need. Please visit Stefani! Buy some art! Make everyone happy – blessings, Susan