What we believe.

We become what we believe. One telephone call in the afternoon connected me to a new student. She was eager to meet me because if there was one thing she really always enjoyed was drawing. I asked her, “So, why did you stop?” Her mother stressed that it was not an occupation to make any money and if she wanted to be independent she should choose something else. “Don’t ever get in your head that you could be good at anything like this”

That was the end of a dream.

It takes courage to start something like drawing later in life but I can assure you it is never too late. In fact, one of my students who had excellent skills before her stroke, came to me with the question to please help her start again. Drawing does not take much physical effort and it is good for the coordination of the brain with the hand.

I want to say two things about parents who discourage wanna be artists. “Inspire drawing skills as much as you can because it stimulates the right side of the brain and that is where the creativity houses”. Without creativity we’ll have no creative solutions for our problems, without activating the other side of the brain we are out of balance.

This belief that a pencil and paper cannot bring you fame and fortune is so deep imbedded in our belief system that any thought resonating with the word artist brings an immediate wave of thoughts about poverty, hardship, pain and depression. Recently I met a young artist who has proven that with only a pencil and a piece of paper he made a fortune. He is raving about it and is willing to teach you how. His name is Owen Garrat, you can google him. Think about other artists who started with just a pencil. Walt Disney perhaps? He did not have a computer.

I understand that to grow into something extra-ordinary you need to believe that growth is happening without seeing the evidence. This is the true meaning of potential. When you put a seed in the ground, nothing will happen for a long time, but the soil, water and sun are doing the job they are supposed to do. You have to work at it, nurture and care for it.  At the same same time, you have to know that if you put a marble in the ground, nothing ever will happen. It is made of different material. That is why you have to know your potential. Talent does not mean that much without the other components, but potential is within you and different for all of us. You either have the DNA of an oak or grass, the seed might even look the same, you only see the difference this when you allow growth to happen.

I am looking forward to my new student because it is fascinating to see my students grow from nothing to something special in the garden of life. I pretend it is my own garden and I nurture the students and their potential. I see who could become an Oak and I see who will blossom as a Hydrangea. It is up to me to give each one the right spot, feeding off of each other and not fighting for the light. I feel it my responsibility.

The Wedding

I have been developing a style that I call “the blueprints”. Blueprints are amazing things. A blueprint of a building is  just lines on a piece of paper but the architect who drew them can give them to a contractor who will translate these lines and build a brick and mortar statue of dense vibration.

This piece of paper needs to be interpreted by someone who can visualize the outcome of the lines. The architect and contractor as well as the laborer all need to work at 100% of their capacity to make a stunning building, a building to be remembered.

The soul also has a blueprint. It is designed by the Great Creator and it is ours from birth through all the lives we are living. If you imagine that at birth we become the contractor of our own life with the density of a brick and mortar reality, then you also can imagine what our life is going to look like. Most of us cannot “read” the blueprint at birth. I did not. I only read mine a year or so ago. In my mind I was building a tiny little house, like the one my parents used to live in. That was comfortable. In my mind I wanted to make it fit. I knew I was in trouble because what I thought I should build and the drawing of the blueprint were so far off that I started to ask others how to solve this problem. This is called personal development. I call it Restlessness.

I had the blue print of a castle, with minarets and various ballrooms. No wonder it would not fit on the small piece of property I just “bought.” No wonder that I could not make it fit.

I look at all of this like it is a wedding.  I believe that no matter what the outcome, a wedding is one of the truly memorable events of our lives. The wedding is about your own true love, the one that belongs to you, no matter where you find it. Love is a force of nature. It comes as a hurricane and totally immerses you. No single common sense applies anymore to what you are doing. Everything; time, money, places to be move through your hands like there is no end to it. There is no end to love. No limitations. It moves faster than you can think.

In the painting you can see the movement clearly, but you can also see the stability of the brick and mortar in the background. It is by coincidence that the tower represents the City Hall of Veere, the building I was married in, a long time ago. I couldn’t find another picture that was well designed and old as this one. Now I am looking for original blueprints.  If you have any, please let me know so I can continue with my theme and develop an amazing series of paIMG_6873_300dpiintings.