I have joined Jeff Goin’s 7-day writing challenge because I thought it was a good time to take stock of why I paint and do what I am doing, and to improve on my writing.
Day 1 of the challenge is to write a personal manifesto of no more than 500 words. So here is my manifesto below:
I paint because I carry way too much visual imagery in my head. If I don’t paint the dominant image, other images don’t get enough oxygen, wither and die. If I don’t paint the dominant image promptly, it too withers and dies. Then, I am left in a desolate land of muddy grey.
I was there before. The land of muddy grey. Life’s busyness had me place myself at the bottom of my priority list. It had lulled me into a dream-like haze resembling life. The muddy grey meant that I had disconnected with who I really was and when you are disconnected with who you are, your connections with others suffer.
My life circumstances haven’t changed. My everyday is still full to the brim and overflowing with things that need doing. Kids still need to be looked after, clothed and fed. I still have a full time job I happen to really like. A house to keep in order.
I have changed. I have become acutely aware that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” and because I believe that we are made in the image of God who sprinkled the night sky with stars and tells the flowers what shape and color they are to form, we are inherently creative creatures that require meaningful relationships to thrive.
I have known this pretty much all my life but now, I KNOW it. Deep inside the wells of my heart. Because of this understanding in my spirit, I could not go on living in the hazy muddy grey.
I paint now because I seek connection with others. Deep and rich connections that lead to meaningful relationships.
I paint now because I seek connection with myself, the self that was “fearfully and wonderfully made” in exactly the right amounts of quiet, determination, fire and silliness.
I paint now because I seek connection with my Creator through the use of the talents that have been weaved into me.
I paint now.