I woke up to my niece’s Instagram picture of her aunt’s home filled with beautiful Christmas decorations, twinkling lights and ambient atmosphere. Her quote “My Aunt’s Christmas decorations beats your Xmas decorations “made me think about uniqueness and the beauty of diversity.
We are all creative people and it makes us who we are. How we decorate, create, design, dress up, put our make up on, choose our clothes, style our hair, rearrange our furniture, organize, pick Knick knacks or not, choose lighting fixtures, interior design, paint, draw, our penmanship, take pictures, dance, act, compose music, sing, everything revolves around design, beauty and creativity.
This season, most homes, who are celebrating Christmas or Hanukah are decorating their homes to make each environment cheerful and welcoming for themselves and their loved ones. Helping the spirit of love come in and mingle. And guess what, everyone decorates differently, uniquely, individually! It does not matter if you have the same home model or even layout, or even the same decorations! It will all look different! This is the creative mind. Each inspired by the universe that surrounds us.
Therefore, I agree that her aunt’s decorations will never be like anyone else because it is her own unique stamp and personality that makes it work in the first place. Just like an original art can never be replicated, each should be enjoyed because of the uniqueness of the hand that created it.
I find myself thinking about the year, grateful for all the wonderful experiences and thankful for the ones that were not too pleasant. Thankful because when there is struggle, you learn and grow.
As an artist, I would consider myself a landscape painter. Almost all my paintings are of landscapes and sceneries, and it is a subject matter i keep returning to.
For the last 13 years, I worked part-time at an art store in their sales department and taught several workshops in the same location. My world was busy and although I was mostly happy, I felt something was missing. I wanted to paint my own projects, but did not have time. Previous to that, I worked in various corporate jobs which kept me from painting as well.
This year, I was fortunate to land teaching positions at 6 locations, have 2 open studio sessions in my studio and accepted private students. I enjoyed teaching and sharing but did I have time to paint for myself? Again, yes, but not enough time.
So, after soul searching moments, I have decided to unload a few classes so that I can slowly transition to painting full-time. Of course, this cannot be done quickly, I have signed contracts and still need the steady income. But hopefully in the next year or so, things may settle into a more manageable pace.
To work as a full-time artist will be a dream come true. Of course, with this dream, comes hard work. And I am ready for it. An enterprenuer will take a lot of effort, time and work. Some people may think - it will be easy to paint! YES, for those who have no idea what it takes to work on a concept, research for relevant material, create, study, network and manage administrative details are just some roles we will play.
However, I know in time with hard work and patience, I will get there!