Growing up I received mixed messages about love. These messages were both good and bad and probably true and false. Messages such as, love is painful or unconditional, love conquers all, love others and they will love you, love makes dreams come true, love lasts forever, and love is all you need.
Over the years my art has taught me different aspects about love. The most significant aspects are love is intentional, and love requires practice, patience and commitment. When I first began drawing twelve years ago, drawing was a pastime. It took me 6 years before I began drawing pieces for other people and another 5 years before I started my business. Looking back, I’ve realized that it took me as long as it did to begin creating art for other people and establishing my business, because I was not intentional about doing art. Drawing was purely a hobby. Creating art for others and running a business did not become a reality, until I acknowledged my desire to make my art available and affordable to the world.
What I am doing with art involves practice, patience and commitment; and the more time and energy I pour into my art, the more I fall in love with it. So remember this:
Love involves commitment. We are not automatic lovers of self, others, world, [things] or God. Love does not just happen. We are not love machines or puppets on the strings of a deity called ‘love’. Love is a choice – not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others [things or situations] without pretense or guile.
Be Great. Be Loving. Be YOU.