I had it all planned – my next painting that is. I was going to call it “Everything Belongs”, a concept my yoga students and I had been exploring during class. I even had a blog post based on experience and a story to go along with it. I felt so prepared even before I started. I knew the colors, the layout, the materials, and idea behind it. I couldn’t wait to carry out my plan and then…..well, “my” plan went out the window.
Inspiration hit (which I normally LOVE), and I quickly followed. I painted over my original idea, chose different colors, used different materials, and went in a new direction. Upon realizing I wasn’t painting according to plan…I
came to a screeching halt! stopped. I put it down and left it because it wasn’t going my way instead of enjoying it for what it was, pure creative expression coming from sOMewhere other than myself.
Days went by…painting unfinished, unloved, untouched. Later I realized that life has a way of making other plans when we aren’t looking, so I decided that my painting would be a safe place to practice following my heart instead of my head to see where it would lead me. I mean really, if it didn’t work out, I just had another canvas with lots of texture to start over again later. Ironically, I have lots of texture in my life to work with!
Doors emerged ( I have a thing for doors and what they represent), then more colors, more layers, and a saying that just seemed to fit the bill. I didn’t seek it, IT found me….all I did was listen.
An unexpected painting emerged, new product ideas born, and a trust established between heart and head.
Shhh…..listen closely your heart is knocking….open the door and
Let Love In.