Sunday, July 28, 2013

Realizing I still have potential....

Recently I had been hit pretty hard with challenges is a few of my relationships. I can't even say that all the situations are resolved. However, I have entered in a space of resolve. 

I noticed that after the rejection, I pulled back. I went into myself a little. The criticisms I received altered my the point of shutting me down. Not something I'm proud of.

I noticed how I put my writing on hold by only "thinking" about what influences my world. I noticed how I shied away from sharing events in my life that my family and I engage in; something I would do naturally because I love them. I even entered my studio LESS...sacrilege!  I noticed how I actually thought to myself , "few really care about my existence or what I have to offer". (that alone can be immensely damaging)
Simply because I felt the sting of criticism. Really? 
My best friend would say to all that..."#%&@ 'um!" Although humorous to some degree I do not share that sentiment.

We will always find ourselves at the mercy of unjust criticisms. People will always find "what's wrong with me". I will be judged, talked about, told off, shunned, and out right rejected. It's the way of the world.

Luckily, I did not stay in that mindset for long...(long enough though). Long enough to say to myself, "Are you crazy Michelle?!" What you offer is light to the world, kindness, acceptance, love and peace. That does not mean it will be received. You can count on Man to NOT receive your gifts. That does not mean I should emulate Man's behavior or Love Man any less.

Something that helped change my perspective is a book I just finished reading. It's written by a friend of mine from church. The book is entitled, "Redefining Love" by Richard Binns.
The basic premise of the book is how our worldly definition of Love is so skewed that what we sow and reap is equivalent to hatred. We need to re-learn what Love is from a spiritual stand point. I have to say the book is gutsy and "in yo face!". Richard does not hold back in telling how far Man is off the mark. 
"Redefining Love takes an in-depth look at God's love and the amazing response that is expected from those who are called His children." -Richard Binns

I like to be challenged mentally and spiritually. It's where the real battle lies to improve one character. 

As I Gallery sit and gaze upon so much beautiful art on the walls I am reminded that God gives us so many talents to share. Not just the obvious talents of painting, singing, or playing an instrument but talents such as patience, grace, kindness and having a listener's ear. God has endowed me with multiple gifts to share with the world. And share I will.
My true character is refined as I share my gifts in the face of rejection. What really matters is for me to stay consistent in my beliefs and to show Love NO MATTER WHAT! 
I still have potential....

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Embrace the possibilities...

In woman there seems to be this common thread of the ability to multi-task. I am no exception. In many circles I am known to always have a "full plate" if you will. Juggling teaching, family commitments, the kids social calendar, marital duties, spiritual growth, helping friends, social agendas, creating artwork, personal enrichment and the like. Frequently I am told, " You are always busy.".
So as I sit quiet and content in my mother's living room, I can appreciate the calm stillness. My mind contemplates the state it is in and I can say for the first time in a very long time, "I truly do not have a lot on my plate....its practically empty".

It is summer. I do not teach during this rest. Our household has no plans yet for any type of vacation. The kids are in camp all day. Stacy continues his ambitious work schedule. My immediate circle of friends has suffered a reduction leaving my social calendar WIDE OPEN.

However, the one constant that seems to never leave my plate is creating artwork. How refreshing the light fare of a clear mind with paintbrush in hand. The thought of the creative process freely flowing without being crowded brings an electrifying excitement. I begin to embrace the possibilities...

Friday, July 12, 2013

When the rain clears...

This was the view during this mornings run.
No matter what challenges you may face, if you get up to see the sunrise, YOU WILL BE INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED TO DO GOOD! The Universe is

Thursday, July 11, 2013

You asked for it is!

There is nothing more rewarding than to be presented with a challenge and overcoming it! Recently I had three friendships put my integrity through the wringer. Tough conversations were had as well as tears shed. However, ultimately I had to work through these issues in the fashion that truly brings me producing artwork.

One piece in particular visually describes my intimate struggle and I am fortunate to be able to show this piece at the Canton Gallery on the Green. I actually have two pieces represented in this 53rd Anniversary Exhibition.

So for so many who frequently ask me, " When and where can we see your artwork?", here is your opportunity. Please join me at the Opening Reception.

The Canton Gallery on the Green is located in Canton. Please read the invitation for time details.