My He(ART)-Full Life



Friday, March 22, 2013

creative life ( exhaustion, excitment, news...)

Have I ever shared how insecure I am about my art?? Not about the value of it or the absolute need I have to create...but about putting my heart and soul out there...completely vulnerable... for all the world to see. It's terrifying. and daunting. It's like walking around naked for complete strangers to see, well ...everything. But there's also a lifting of my heart, an unburdening of my soul as well. Ying and yang. They balance each other and drive me to get into my studio no matter how exhausted I am. In my last post I talked about listening to Mother Night by Dr. Estes...and she talks about being an in(SPIRIT)-ress...which is really about moving through our "I don't belong", gathering all of our hubris and spinning it into creative gold. Love this audio series...it is so rich that each new listening gives me a thousand aha!! moments...opening doors within mySELF I never knew were there.

Just this past week I was contacted by a store (The Funky Caravan) in Old Colorado (totally artsy part of town) and asked to show my work.  I went in to meet the manager (Janis) and loved the energy of the store (very eclectic + Indie) so...here I am a few days ago. I'm very happy, I swear...just exhausted and maybe that shows in the pic?? So much work goes into it...making prints, packaging, writing, presentation...but I LOVE the process. And of course, every little detail has to be just right because I'm sending my art off into the world. It was one of my goals for the year but I had no idea how to go about it and no time to find out!! So...I feel that this was just the opportunity I was waiting for. Hopeful + happy + afraid!!

Another artist at the Funky Caravan...Liese Chavez ...whose work is simply stunning! Very SOUL-full. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few days ago and she was darling...such good energy and completely down to earth! She was voted best artist in Colorado Springs twice in a row...and I think a third time coming soon! My work is hanging right across from hers so ...it's... uh...very intimidating to say the least.

And...my sweet birdie a few days ago...full of light and love. I started this new thing where she gets to pick her own clothes every morning (of course, there are a couple of rules!!).  I find that it cuts down on power struggles plus has the added bonus of making her feel like a big girl. The funny thing is, now that she can wear whatever she wants, she frequently defers to me!! Of course she loves anything pink and sparkly (tutus are a fave)...and prints and pretty. So...she picked out her entire outfit in this pic and is just beaming with pride...makes mamma happy:) 
*Happy Friday friends!!

7 comments:

Jainnie Jenkins said...

Congratulations!! I can't wait to see it all in person!! What a wonderful opportunity. I'm so excited and happy for you. And your little birdie looks so sweet and darling as always.

patty said...

Yay - how awesome, Soraya!! And super cool that it came after you instead of the other way around (saves a lot of trouble and frustration...) Congratulations!! Ms. Tara is looking adorable and sooo mature...

singingbirdartist said...

so pleased for you! your work looks great against that brick wall and i love the chest with prints (?) it all suggests how well your art would live in someone's home ;) and you look lovely, too!
hope you meet lots of other local artists to hang out with as well as getting some loving new homes for your work.
tara looks so well put together, funky chic, rocking that pink ;)
hugs!

laurie said...

you look so beautiful and happy standing by your work - as you should be. you have done the work to put yourself out there, to be ok with what is and who you are. enjoy this moment - you deserve it.

ArtPropelled said...

Congratulations Soraya! It's wonderful to see all your work together on the wall. What a lot of work .... but so worth it. I can see where your darling girl gets her pretty little face. Such lovely photos of you both.

PatH said...

Congratulations! You and Tara both look beautiful. You can be very proud.

scrapwordsmom said...

How exciting Soraya!!! Love seeing your little girl...she is growing up! I havent stopped here in too long. Good to see your work and read your words!!