When I tell people I do figure drawing, they tell me many things, “I could never do that I’m too ____… I’d be too embarrassed… I’ve always wanted to but…”
Funny thing is, the artists they don’t need you to be this that or the other. Tall, short, fat, thin. Doesn’t matter. Just to be yourself. And be still. That’s it.
We walk though life praying that we’ll be good enough. But all the while people are waiting for people to just step forward and say, “here I am.” Not to push it. Not to project it. Just to be.
It gives them freedom to do the same.
You don’t have to take your clothes off to accomplish this. You can do this every day of your life. You are who you are, and we’re all on a journey of improvement, self-discovery. But right now, we’re here, and we’re alive. That’s good enough.
Honesty goes a long way. Be you. Be proud. Be brave.
Blessings, my wonderful friends,
The other day, I had the chance to work with Alex Alford at the Colourfield studio in Asheville. Being able to connect with him, to lay everything down and work together to create art: that was a wonderful treat.
And this, perhaps, how art should be created: not by putting on faces, but by tossing our masks aside and being truly ourselves. This is the challenge. May we all, as artists and as people, step up to the plate.
Nudists fascinate me. I mean, what do they need? What could you sell to them? What could you take away? When all you have is your birthday suit, everything else is a bonus.
I need more of that beatific simplicity in my life- not that extra do-hickey, nor that special trip to the coffee shop. I admit, I get into the “I deserve” mode, especially on tough days. But how I feel changes from day to day. The reality is, honestly, I’m good. If anything, I could use more gratitude in my life. Indeed, gratitude for the things I’ve got is the best gift I could give myself. As I said before, everything else is a bonus.