Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Scintilla Project: Preconceived Notion

Prompt: Write about a time when a preconceived notion or opinion (about a person, place, thing etc) turned out to be wrong.  What did it take to change your mind?
 

Sure I've used crayons and pencils, paint and felt tip pens, even glue and paper mache but no-one would have ever called me creative.  It seemed like one of those indisputable facts that just was.  I never thought to question it.
 
Then in my early thirty's a chain of events changed all that by becoming a catalyst for this somewhat strange and inspired journey I found myself on.  It was as though the 'off' switch had suddenly been switched back 'on'.

I experimented with many different mediums but loved the way I was able to lose myself in the process when I painted.  When I sold my first painting online I felt validated in some way.  That someone else truly saw me and liked my work enough to purchase it and hang it in their home.

If someone had told me all those years ago that I would have given up a career, moved to America and become an Artist I would have laughed in their face and thought them a little crazy . . . but having sold my work online and in store for the past two years, I guess the joke is on me.
 
The Scintilla Project

9 comments:

  1. What an inspiring and powerful post - that our journey to "artist" can begin from the tiniest moment - a step along a path that we may not even recognize at first as leading us to that final result. How empowering!

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    1. I feel that even though are stories are different, they have elements that are the same.

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  2. Nice thoughts..Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Love the photo and your thoughts. It took me time to stand behind the "artist" moniker. It seemed it was for painters and those who drew pictures. I am able to own visual artist now for the photographs I create. I know I was an aural artist before, but funny didn't think of it that way-guess it's that wisdom thing.
    Glad you're doing this project. I was all written out from Kat's class. Maybe next time around. Happy day my friend. Glad you found that on switch.

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  4. Ohhh, yes yes yes. I think most creative people need this validation on some level. I'm so thankful for the person who bought that first painting and set you on your way.

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  5. Well, I am so glad you did . . . otherwise I our paths wouldn't have crossed. I have been blessed by knowing you Kathryn. And...you will be so proud of me...I entered a sunrise photo (the one I did on a recent Texture Tuesday) into our Good Friday experience at our church. Printed it, framed and matted AND dropped it off. I actually followed all the way through with it!!

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  6. pairing this story with that image is genius. so evocative.

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  7. I love this story, and it resonates with my own. I always loved to write but never considered writing as a possible career until a few years ago. Better late than never, I suppose!

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    1. . . . and we are so glad you did. I wish I'd found art sooner but figure better late than never too.

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