Dating butterflies

"Whisper of a Kiss" - The New Beginnings Series

 

A Window into my Soul
I have been an artist my whole life, yet this year, my 40th rowing my boat on this planet spinning through space, is the first time I have ever made my living be about my art.

I have done other things of course:

  • I have been a clothing designer and the owner/operator of two small fashion clothing boutiques in downtown Copenhagen, Denmark (that is where I come from)
  • I have worked as a chef in a trendy little restaurant, also in downtown Copenhagen (on the same street as both of my boutiques, if you can believe it) 
  • I have worked with young people in 3 different countries: young criminals, young homeless people, I've worked with gangs on the street and in youth penitentiaries, with NGOs and with government funded projects
  • I have translated AAA video games for the biggest game developers from all over the world

I have been blessed in these careers. I have learned much, contributed and grown. 

My earliest memories are of creating art. Through all of my life I have drawn and painted, and though I never actively pursued art as a career, it is an essential part of who I am and something I always find myself compelled to do.

On the other hand, it is not as though I have lived under a rock with my art: I have sold a few paintings, book illustrations, tattoo designs, logos, designed a family crest, done a few wedding portraits, painted on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and decorated lamps by painting them with my art.

"Whisper of a Kiss" - acrylic on gessoed, stretched canvas, created using traditional paint brushes and airbrush techniques.

Shooting Stars
Creating art was never my focus, at least not as a way of living. It was never an option I was aware of. Subconsciously, I was probably too scared to try, and fail. But now I am aware. I was blind but now I see. And now I want to shoot for the stars, I want to pursue my dream and give it my best shot.

I guess that is why I am nervous.

Because what I am about now is 100% me. It is no longer somebody else's idea for a logo or a portrait or a commissioned piece. What I create now is my vision, it's what I see, with my mind, my heart, with everything that I am. 

Celebrating the Hidden Gem
So here I am, saying hi, clumsily introducing myself, awkwardly throwing open my arms in celebration of the choice I've made to make my art be my living, and my living be about my art.

But there is a hidden gem, another cause for celebration - and it has to do with you.

It is the very fact that my new direction in life means that I get to create and grow a positive relationship with each and every one of you!

What can I say: I am happy to be celebrating with you!

Takeaway Pearl: Even if something scares you, when you know it is the right thing to do, summon your courage, call on your support, make a tangible plan, and carry it out into life, one day at the time.

Did you ever do something in your life, even though it scared you? I'd love to hear about it!

Until next week, all the best!