Saturday, May 25, 2013

Surrounded by Love


If someone were to ask me "what is the most important ingredient for living a creative life?" ...

I would have to answer...

that you must surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, and are willing to give you the space to let your creativity grow and flourish.


You can have the best supplies, talent, studio, vision, etc., but if the people in your life don't give you the space to create, and believe in your creativity, you won't thrive.


I am lucky to be surrounded by family and friends who believe in and nourish my creativity, and give me the space I need to create.  Thank you!  I have also, over time, cultivated the wisdom to let go of people who don't.   And for that wisdom, I am grateful.

Working in my art journal with collage, paint, pastels, and Pam Carriker's poetic portrait stamps:  Cordelia and Ophelia.

Linking to One Little Word - Surround and  Collage Obsessions (choose one word)
and to the blog hops at Inspire Me Mondays, Mandarin Orange Monday, Monday Mantras, and Make it Monday.

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

33 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful piece! Your words are so true. To be surrounded by love and support certainly helps us grow as artists.

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  2. Amen! I love your art journal page and could not agree more with your words. Blessings!

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  3. This is a wonderful piece of art and your words are absolutely true! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Love this page and you my friend and it is so true when your family and friends make space for you to be who you are and uplift you always to reach higher, bigger and brighter the world is a better place. Thanks for being in my life and always inspiring me! xox

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  5. An unusual and lovely image, with beautiful colours and such a lot of detail. And I agree with every word you say - very inspirational.

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  6. Your words ring so true. Without the support and encouragement of others it can be a very lonely world. Your journal pages are beautiful as always.

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  7. Beautiful art journal pages. They send out a real warm loving feeling. She looks so happy there in the doorway =) surrounded by the things and people she loves.

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  8. I love this piece. Your words are so true and comforting. I am a widow and live alone. I eat on a TV tray because my dining room table is where I create and I love it. I sit on my couch and sketch faces. I realized that my whole house is me studio and I love it that way. Thank you for being such a kind inspiration.

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  9. I love this stamp image. So true about the support around us. I love that we all inspire each other as friends. Yes, letting go of the non-supporters is true or even the ones that bring you down. Life is too short for that.

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  10. I love this page, Jessica, and your message even more!! It is so very true in my life, too. Although my house is now empty, save for my husband and dog Jake and me, and I pretty much can create any time I feel like it, I feel like it even more when Russ asks me when he calls at noon each workday, are you working in your studio? He also appreciates my work, as does my daughter and my artsy friends, who encourage me by their visits to my blogs! I also appreciate special friends like Corrine, whom I met in real life and who said to me, "Everyone who paints faces once painted a face for the first time. You can do this!" Bless you all! Mwah!

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  11. Wonderful collaged page, Jessica-
    so many layers- I love one can almost see through the house- or deep into it!
    Your words ecco very much my own feelings- in that sence it is good getting older, and to believe more in myself :-)
    xo,Dorthe

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  12. This is a beautiful collages page Jessica. I agree with you on surrounding yourself with people who encourage you and give you the space to create. You are very blessed.

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  13. Love all the texture in the white as a soft background! I completely agree with your sentiments here- so true!

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  14. lovely art and words : ) visiting from CO.

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  15. Beautiful. All are just wondeful. Very creative. Love the backgrounds.

    Earl

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  16. I agree with you completely and love your expression of being surrounded by love!

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  17. love your journalpages. and your words are so true ....

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  18. Beautiful journal!!. You're right on that note, Jessica. We all can use all the LOVE & support we can get in our creative lives :). And with such abundance, we all could shine others with inspiration & love in return :). There are so much to share :). HUGS.

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  19. It is so beautiful and full expression. Marvelous work again Jessica
    lovely greet
    Marja

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  20. This post probably took some courage to write and then to publish...lol! True words...I love it! Gorgeous ART!!! I love the abstractness and the color...just exceptional!

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  21. I love everything about this!

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  22. What a beautiful feeling your art creates,

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  23. There is such truth in this - I feel much more creative now than ever before. Support and love have a lot to do with that.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  24. I agree with you! Beautiful piece. :)

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  25. Love your art Jessica! This is a fabulous mixed media piece and I'm a fan of the design. Thanks for joining our linky party at Make It Monday.

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  26. Love your piece and of course, agree with what you say. You are lucky in many ways. Love looking at your blog each time I am on the hop.... Check out my art therapy column if you have time...
    Diane
    http://treasuringgrace.blogspot.com/2013/05/making-whole-healing-through-art-who-we.html

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  27. Great words and I love your art Jessica - the spontaneity, the expression , the colour. Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  28. The textures, depth and layers all work beautifully to help you express your gratitude towards your supportive loved ones! The support and understanding of our loved ones is so vital!

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  29. Such a warm and happy home, lit from within... just stunning!

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  30. Well, how true is that! Love how you incorporated the stamps--beautiful!

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