Once upon a time in a land far, far away there were days when I would walk into my studio, sit down at my work table, and become paralyzed by indecision. I would shuffle things around looking for the "perfect" combination of beads and fibers, not really accomplishing anything while I waited for a bolt of inspiration to strike me. It wasn't until I took printmaking classes with Rhoda Rosenberg at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts that I realized what the problem really was. It was my misguided drive for perfection, a fear of making the wrong creative decision, and a huge fear of having my work ridiculed. I can thank one of my drawing teachers for that last fear. One of the first things Rhoda told us was that we needed to lighten up, learn to experiment and play, and not treat every piece we created as though it's precious. Apparently I wasn't the only one with the perfection issue.
Working with Rhoda radically changed my studio practice. Not only do I carry her advice with me every time I sit down at my work table, I carry it with me into every other area of my life. I've made the conscious decision to show up in my studio, and in my life, every single day prepared to launch my work into the world and open to taking advantage of the opportunities that come my way whether I'm "ready" or not. And yes, some days this is really scary because I'm opening myself up to failure.
This is a transformational time for the world and each of us plays a part in that transformation. Neale Donald Walsch says "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone". What's one thing just out of your comfort zone that you've always wanted to do? Let's all take a leap out of our comfort zones in 2014, even if it's just a small one.
Volume 1, Issue 2 of TAO::The Artist's Oasis is available here.