Painting Big and Bold Fearlessly
As promised, I've been keeping a few notes as I paint 'BIG' that I will share here on my blog across several posts, just things that I found helpful as I painted the walls and steps. I am sure that there are folks who would have already thought of this stuff and I am sure that what I will share is nothing new, nor rocket science but none the less, if someone is considering such a project or has a case of artistic 'heebie-jebbies' about doing something just a little different, then maybe some of what I share will be of some help or at the very least; a little bit inspiring. So get comfy as I walk you through my process.
Above all the most vital aspect of taking on this kind of project or any creative endeavor for that matter is a commitment to see it through to the end. Especially if what is created is going to be a permanent part of your home, but even if it isn't, even if what you are doing is something you've never done before, give yourself the chance to go for it. Don't give up. Don't turn back. See it through. Commitment.
As I have been painting and drawing on these walls one message has been repeating itself in my heart and whispering to my soul and it's a lesson I needed to learn and listen to. Creative bravery happens when the desire to create something becomes so strong, so over powering it pushes and obliterates any fears that hold one back from doing it. The desire to do is simply stronger than the fear of failing or doing it wrong. It's that simple.
I think everyone experiences that in their lives from time to time. If you want to do something badly enough, if it matters to you enough, nothing will stop you from going for it. You will make it happen. Painting this particular wall has been something I have considered doing for quite awhile now. I planted the seed months ago and kept putting it off, but eventually those seeds took root, wrapped around my heart and I went for it. And that is where the commitment plays a vital role in the process. An idea can sit in the corner of your mind for as long as you will allow it to, but until you take those first few steps to begin, that idea can sit there undisturbed forever if you let it. Don't allow those wonderful 'seedling's to die and wither. Water them, tend them, and allow them to bloom.
Creating fearlessly doesn't mean that it won't be hard or that it will all fall together perfectly. Even staying 110% committed to any project won't keep things from going wrong. It's what you do when things go wrong that makes the difference. When I chose to do this, I knew that no matter what happened that I had to see it to completion. It's a wall in our home, everyone has to live with it and therefore doing it half way was not an option. It was an all or nothing proposition and that is what I told myself the second I began drawing on the walls. There was no turning back and what I think is this, when considering the investment of time and a few dollars in supplies and undertaking a wall in our home, anyone considering doing something like this must have a very strong desire to go for it. It's not the kind of project that you can stick in a drawer or a box and say you will get to it another day, or that you can allow yourself to walk away from. The idea for this kind of project has to have rooted itself deeply in your heart so it can bloom and that you can thrive while doing it. There can be no room for doubt. Doubt is like a weed that can strangle the best of ideas and kill them before they are ever given a chance if you allow it to.
I will stop here for today. I've given you your very own packet of seeds and wonder what you might do with them.