Awakening

posted in: Art 12

 

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Carl Gustav Jung

 

For the past three years, I’ve been struggling with my creative work.  I’ve had a series of curveballs thrown at me and I found it hard to stay in the game.

I have family members with serious medical issues that required my attention and care.

I took a full time job to help make ends meet. The commute was long and that left little left time to create, and when I did, I was exhausted.

I all but stopped doing the very things that keep me going~ painting and music.

Spirit Freed Painting By Shannon Grissom
Spirit Freed
8″x10″
Oil on Board $250

 

I gotta tell ya, I’m not a very happy camper if I’m not creating. It helps me process life. And I prefer to be happy. So I took a good hard look at my life and started working on changing the things I could. Last year we sold our house in the country and moved into town. I’m now 3 miles from my day job. That gave me an extra two hours a day. I was further helped by a reduction of hours at work-from 40 hours to 31, giving me an extra 9 hours a week.

That opened the door even wider for my muses.

I stepped up my meditation and prayer practice  and did some serious soul searching. And last but not least, I returned to putting my creativity first.  I get up early every day and paint and write music before I leave for my day job.  That way no matter what happens during the day, I will have created. Taking care of myself makes me better able to care for others.

All this time I knew I wanted to change direction with my painting, but I didn’t know where to go. I was like a tired child that spins around the room till she drops. When I finally did drop,   I had an aha moment and decided that my painting needed to represent all aspects of my life. In short I wanted all my muses to play together.

What’s emerging is a series of small, focused paintings that are centered around the heart of each subject.  Each painting will also be paired with an original music composition and a very short ( approx. 12 seconds) video.

A couple of weeks ago, after an inspired meeting with my mountain artist friends, I started a painting a day. The next two photos show the rough drafts of the first 12 paintings.

 

Heart Center Paintings
Acrylic Starts

 

 

Oil Starts
Oil Starts

 

 

Here’s a 13 second video of the first completed piece. Freed Spirit is about searching for the beauty in the prickly. Once I found it. I was set free.

 

It’s the stillness in the center that brings the awakening creativity to life. I’m glad I got still long enough to find it.

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be free.

12 Responses

  1. Kim
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    Welcome back! I was so happy when I visited a Realtor here in Brighton Colorado and picked up her promotional magazine…there, before me was a familiar look, style, color swatch…yes, it was the work of my friend, Shannon Grissom! Love you and miss you!

    • Shannon Grissom
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      Wow, that’s too cool, Kim! Love you and miss you too, girlfriend. Thanks!

  2. April
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    So beautiful, awesome and inspiring. Life seems to cast us all into a head spin. It is wonderful to see your work (that heart and spirit) regain energy.

    Much love and blessings always my friend.

    • Shannon Grissom
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      Oh April, thanks so much. and I so wish you the same.

  3. Maureen
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    Life is quite the journey, as soon as we think we have mapped everything out and set our course: God laughs. You made some hard choices, but good choices, particularly for yourself. Because if you lose yourself, you lose everything else. I admire you, and I enjoy your work so much. I especially love your heart. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Shannon Grissom
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      Huge grin, God does laugh 🙂 Thank you so much, Maureen!

  4. Raffy Espiritu
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    Shannon,

    So happy to hear your creative self finding its mark. No easy feat I see as you try to balance work with art not to mention family. I only have admiration for you and your passion to discover yourself and the mystery of the world around us. You are an inspiration to me and I am sure to many.

    • Shannon Grissom
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      Oh Raffy, thanks so much. You have always been an inspiration to me as well.

  5. Cheryl mulins
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    I was talking about you just a couple weeks ago and how you would get up crazy early to put your passion early in the day before your day filled up . We can do little on an empty tank. You continue to inspire me

    • Shannon Grissom
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      Cheryl! Good to hear from you. Thank you so much!

  6. James
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    I am so glad! You deserve every blessing!