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2/15/2013: Motivation

Friday, February 15, 2013

What motivates you? If you are a creative person, putting your heart and soul into your art is a catharsis, of sorts. But what keeps you coming back for more? What keeps you sitting at your easel or workbench for 10 hours straight? For me, it's a way of paying it forward. I am closing in on my 60th birthday. I have been around the block a couple of times and have had some wonderful, and not so wonderful, experiences in my 60 short years on this planet. I have always been creative but I have not always been able to spend large chunks of time creating. I have this opportunity now with Marshmallow Ranch to really put myself out there, pour my feelings into my work, and send it with love out into the world. I have a wonderful support system in my sweet husband, Mr. Virgo. He is my greatest cheerleader. As Javier Bardem says to Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love..."You don't need a man, Liz. You need a champion." Mr. Virgo is my champion and that helps to give me the self confidence I need to put myself out there. Out where I will be judged and perhaps criticized, but hopefully successful and enjoyed. The art and jewelry I make now is so much different than it was even 5 or 6 years ago. I believe that stems from a new self-confidence I have achieved, not only in my art but in my life. I send my pieces out into the world with love and blessings for the recipient. I stuff as much of my joy and happiness as I can in everything I create because I truly believe that if you create your art as something you truly love, others will recognize that and feel it on some level. They will find that this necklace or this painting speaks to them and they must have it in their lives. I do not mass produce things just to make a buck. This may be idealistic of me, but so be it. People will either love you, or they won't. They will love your work, or they won't. That part is none of my business. My business is to create and that is a powerful motivator for me. So, I ask again...what motivates you?

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