There’s nothing more powerful in the world than love. Not simply romantic love, but so many other different kinds of love as well. Like the kind we share with friends and family. The kind that bonds us together in that way that only poets can ever articulate properly. And then there’s a seemingly simple idea of love. Simply loving to do something, like making a bit of art each day. But, when it grows into a passion, it becomes a wondrous thing indeed. An act of the heart. And finding others who share that same passion is one of the greatest gifts I’ve experienced on my art journey. We all share a beautiful bond, made stronger when we come together to share what we create and what we’ve learned along the way. And there are many people who’ve come before us that we admire, though they’re no longer with us today. That bond is a connection of the heart that makes us stronger. And each of those hearts that have come before us are still with us today in spirit. I know that my own journey is just a small part of a much bigger picture. Life is like an oil painting, that never quite dries. Its artist is continually making changes along the way, and we’re all part of this same painting. A riot of colors, shapes, and lines that seem so different in appearance, but form something magnificent when love appears to connect it all.
When I was younger, love was often something that caused confusion. There was that certain quest to find the person I would share my life with and several heartbreaks along the way. Feeling love for someone else seemed to make the world spin in a chaotic way that posed more questions than it answered. As I grew older, I learned that the opposite is true. Love brings things into sharp focus, and we can finally see the world clearly. Not that I’d ever want to go through the woes of dating again with this knowledge. It’s nice to know that I’m with my perfect match and can simply enjoy things. Yes, of course, I mean Philippe when it comes to romance, but I’ve also had the joy of finding a type of art that I love as well. Sure, it’s just making coloring book pages each day and coloring them in with watercolor, but that brings me endless joy! So, I know it’s the right match for me. And I’ve also come to learn that approaching it all like a child might has made life and art so much more fun. There’s always joy in my heart and that’s the most exciting feeling I can ever hope to have.
Though I don’t have many people in my life that I see in person on a regular basis, I love knowing that I have them as well. And I adore the memories of people who shaped my life before, but are no longer living. Those memories will keep them alive in my soul until I too have passed, hopefully leaving memories for others to enjoy as well. Finally, I know in my heart that I couldn’t have made this current journey without all of you. It’s wonderful to connect through our shared interests of painting, sketching, writing, and just life in general. I hope to keep making things for years to come and continue to connect with others who make things as well. It sounds like such a silly and simple goal, but I know it’s all I need to make me happy. Perhaps that’s the real wisdom I’ve gained as I get older. Being happy takes very few things to accomplish, they just have to be the right things. Discovering what truly makes me happy has been the best side effect of this wild and winding art journey. Though I once thought joy came in a long list of things to acquire or achieve, I now realize it’s just one thing, after all. That singularly thrilling and joyous moment, when hearts come together.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Opus (Vivid Pink), Leaf Green, Quinacridone Red, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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