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Art as Alchemy

Making art of any kind is an alchemical process. Making art, we turn the dross of our life into gold. Making art, we re-create ourselves. When we work on our Memoir, revisiting our own personal narrative time line, we transform the events of our life into golden adventures. As we write, the ordinary becomes extraordinary; the commonplace becomes special. We transmute our memories into priceless episodes. We make our past present. Moving our hand across the page, we create a handmade life. As we share our perceptions and findings with those we are close to, we give them a window to our world. Often they are amazed—even astonished— by our tales and memories. Often they share their own. As we come to know and appreciate ourselves, we have more to share, and, with more to share, we find our connections with others are deeper and more abundant.

from It's Never Too Late to Begin Again
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4 Comments on "Art as Alchemy"

  1. Brenda Mercado says:

    I have been painting in the studio diligently for about 10 years now. Purpose, commitment and discipline , I do not lack. Now, I have a room full of paintings and they just aren’t good enough for a show, I say to myself. Suggestions?

  2. Eva krasenska says:

    Who says? Who says they are not good enough? There is well..how many billions of people on the planet and all of them say your paintings are not good enough? Did you check? There is not any more standard to what you work towards in visual art. Literally anything goes..and it moves with fashion as well..what is uncool one moment becomes cool next..

  3. It’s what you think about your paintings that matter.. have confidence in yourself and know that there are people who will like your paintings.

  4. We are our own worst critics. Don’t listen to the mean critic voice in your head. Eva’s right: check with someone else, preferably another artist, or even join an artist group or association. Show your work to others and see what they say. And believe them!

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