The other day, I watched a video by Melyssa Griffin, explaining that the way to find my unique purpose on this planet is to find the intersection between how I want to be remembered (Legacy), what brings me joy (Fun) and what I’m good at (Talent). This resonated with me because it’s a very succinct way of describing how I determined my creative purpose through Ann Rea’s course Making Art Making Money.
Some painful soul searching made me realize that I want to be remembered as the person who helped people overcome shame and rebuild their self-esteem. Dancing and doodling bring me joy and make me feel present in the moment. My talent is having the technical skills to turn my dancing and doodling into art. Not just a picture to hang on a wall or a unique note card to write in, but art that inspires forgiveness and dissolves shame. In future posts I will do a better job of documenting my entire artistic process but here is a little tidbit of how my doodles become prints using stencils, ink and beeswax.
This is my original doodle that was inspired by music, generated while I was dancing (more on that in a future post).
A very quick video of me removing stencils from an inked and waxed sheet of Kozoke (Japanese paper) and the finished print before I cut it up into rectangles. Each rectangle was mounted on a 5″x7″ note card which became forgiveness cards shown above.