Bird lamp at Custom Hotel, Los Angeles. Sept, 2009.
I love to be busy, this I know. Working on fun, exciting things fuels me and I get lots of mileage and life-energy from being involved in projects I love. One such gathering is taking place on November 7th, in downtown Los Angeles (and I'll give more details on that very soon-but save the date, eh?).
I'm thrilled, no, beyond thrilled- ecstatic, to be a part of it. One reason is that it's a group show with 19 artists I respect and admire. Without giving too much away, I just want to say that it is stretching me in ways that are scary scary and also making me feel very giddy.
As I'm bopping about the studio gathering materials and getting down to business (while stopping every 2-5 minutes to situate a child), I get washed over with feelings of being so blessed. My life is so blessed. I get to have my children and create, too. All of these babies exhaust me in the best possible ways . Both children and art create plentiful anxiety in me about doing a good enough job. Both need me to nurture them with all I've got.
Each day brings more perfectly good reasons to find the courage to say "Yes, I accept the challenge, no matter the wrench in my gut that it's giving me!", in order to grow and stretch towards life. Anxiety holds the potential for growth, scary and giddy as it is.
"Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the perception that some things are more important to us than what we fear." --James Hollis