Some thoughts on growth and change

Growth and Change

It is our failure to become our perceived idea that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your perceived misfortune and handle it right. Your perceived failure can become the catalyst for reinvention

Conan O’brian

Recently I watched a video of Conan O’brian giving a commencement speech. This quote really made me think. I experienced a profound gut wrenching betrayal. It was and still is hard but a new me is emerging. Those of us with the scars of living have had to change, grow, and learn.

I returned to the things that have always been important to me, but now I returned as if I had been starved. To create, became all encompassing. I longed for it and challenged myself like never before. Art became my elixir and healer.

Many years ago a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts told his students, that despite our abilities, we weren’t artists yet. He said that we needed to shed what we had learned in school and live life in order to become an artist. At the time, I really didn’t understand what he was saying.

Art is not simply recreating what we see, it is bleeding into our work. Focusing, on intense emotion and letting the world see something that is embarrassingly private.