Lately I have been unable to get out of working in my journal. I have been so inspired lately, that I just don't want to ever come out of it. And that's a good thing. I believe it is my arts first love, so it would make sense that I am happiest there.
But here's the thing: journal art does not translate well to art shows. Yeah, I can make prints of pages, but it's not the same. You gotta have something to hang on the walls, plain and simple. Last week I was invited to participate in Claremont's First Friday Artwalk, to be the March artist. I am very excited and I am honored to have been asked by Cherie Savoie and Jenna Guzman of Hair Stream Claremont to be a part of the event. So I start looking around the studio, and guess what: I have very few new pieces that are hangable art. So lets get busy!!
I have been in this position before, with a show I did a couple years ago in Phoenix, and let me tell you what I remember most about that time: I remember the battle I had within myself. What I mean by that is this: do I make art that will show who I am and what I love, or will I make art that will be sure to conform and not offend? Now, I am not talking about something edgy or offensive, I am talking about the thoughts that run through my mind like "Ohh don't make that too religious, people won't buy it" or "do you really want to use that picture or that wording....it's pretty "Christian". And sometimes it comes at me with "do you really want to do that...you might have to explain yourself or actually take a stand for what you believe in."
So I stayed true and made art I was proud of, and it all worked out. But now, two years later, that same old voice is back in my head. But you know what? I'm not having it this time. I know who I am, I know who I am in Christ and a little something I learned last night: While you are pursuing your dreams.....don't forget to pursue the Dream Giver. HE has made this possible, and HE is who I will honor. Not the world, not art sales and not compromise.
So the show is titled "Caged". It will ask the question: Are we "caged" by the world, or "surrounded" by Him. You decide.