This is a piece that I have completed as an example of a Mixed Media Mantra Art board with a quote that really means a lot to me. It’s so easy, in the world that we live in today, to get carried away with comparing ourselves to other people. But as Brene Brown states, “comparison is the thief of happiness”. By comparing ourselves and our work to others, we are only feeding our gremlins, and allowing the “not good enough” message to grow out of hand, thus holding us back from what we actually could be accomplishing if it wasn’t for the fear. And there are so many things to fear…not being accepted, not being wanted, not being good enough…the list goes on. And it’s unfortunately way to easy for us to generalize that if our work isn’t “good enough”, than neither are we. All to often we personalize messages about our work, whether it be artistic or not. I remember thinking this as a child…if I didn’t get an A+, I wasn’t perfect enough and therefore I was less loveable. Yes, that is what I thought, and still struggle with from time to time…shame. The difference is that now, I know I am not the only one.
This quote reminds me that every flower is unique and beautiful in it’s own way, and that a flower doesn’t concern itself with comparing to its neighbours. No, it just blooms! It becomes it’s brilliant self, embracing it’s flaws and imperfections, and standing tall and proud among its friends. For every flower is beautiful, and has a gift to give to the world.
And so do we. Every person has a gift or multiple gifts and talents that are uniquely their own, and similar to their neighbour’s. But we cannot judge who is “better” or worthy of being shared and experienced by others. It may be our interpretation or representation of an idea that could speak to someone. I listened to a podcast recently called Magic Lessons, with Liz Gilbert and Glennon Doyle Melton, and they spoke to the idea that multiple people can say the same thing, but in a different way, and it may be your way of expressing an idea that really hits home and speaks to me. Everyone’s voice is worthy of being heard. Just as everyone’s art needs to be created and shared and seen. It’s just that simple. Don’t hold back from doing your thing because you don’t feel it’s unique enough…because it comes from you, it is a part of you, and you are a precious and unique human being.
And with that, I am being brave and heading out into the world to teach what I have learned in my art journey, hoping to inspire others to express themselves freely. At the very least, I want to help people to realize the value of play. As an adult, we tend to get busy, and the idea of playing gets pushed aside for “more important things”. But it is crucial that we take the time to take care of ourselves. So I am offering paint parties, for those people who don’t necessarily want to go to a big busy bar to learn to paint with a bunch of strangers. It’s ok if you need a quieter, more controlled environment, and to be surrounded with friends and family as you play with paint for possibly the first time. So find some friends, and send me a message. I’d be happy to customize a painting to teach you, or a mixed media affirmation/quote for your group to interpret in their own way. I don’t want this post to sound like a sales pitch, so if you’re interested in my paint party offerings, please check out my page Lizzie Lou Mixed Media – Traveling Paint Parties!!!