Monday, May 11, 2009

Filled With Hope


Yesterday I read a post on a friend’s blog and it got me to thinking more than usual.

She said during these hard times, she found herself fretting and worrying more than ever, unable to enjoy herself at all. She found herself wanting to hide away. If there was ever a time for womankind to honor their creative selves it is here and now!

Through art, I can find the obvious, which is beauty and FREE expression. Art is the only way I know how to face my fears and let it all out! Focusing inward, creating art, will definitely help a person to survive.

When I feel overwhelmed, I like to look at the art that others have made. It ultimately leads me to create something of my own. Artists like Helen Frankenthaler, DeKooning, Pollack, O’Keefe, and Robert Rauschenberg lived through World Wars and the Great Depression. Thank God they never thought that when times are gloomy, they should stop doing something as self-centered as making art. Even looking at art can fill you with hope and keep you focused in a forward motion.

I look at a ball of yarn or a stack of papers and feel an obligation to make it into an object of color and texture, giving it life. I honestly believe we are created in God's image and therefore we who have been given a vision to make something out of nothing must CREATE. It's what He did.

He set the example and I will follow.

Sign up for a class, take a walk with your camera, and make sure you share with others. Don't lock yourself up in your room. You have no control over what might come, so why not enjoy what is happening right now, right at this moment. So, get going, and create!

4 comments:

~Vintage Nina~ said...

Hi Nancy! Thank you for the sweet comment on my altered book. I LOVE your post "Filled With Hope" it is sooooo nice and inspiring!!! Thank you sweet girl for sharing......you give me hope today and you made me smile!!!
HAPPY DAY!!!
~Nina

englishside said...

Such wise and encouraging words... They are exactly what I needed today. Thank you.

Terri said...

Nance,
Thank You for sharing how you stay positive come what may.

Therese said...

hi nance,-----------i truely believe in what you wrote------ those are the exact words and thoughts that i live with to help me cope with life and stress......terri would tell you that i do.............take care and keep on being crafty so i can enjoy your blog with all your beautiful things that you do.......love ya therese