Having a blog is like having a personal journal that you occasionally let other people read. I don’t share Polyvore sets to gain followers. I don’t write posts on Facebook for likes or comments. I don’t tweet products expecting for the tweet to be re-tweeted or Favorited. You get the idea.
I express my first amendment right to free speech by posting my thoughts, feelings and creations – good, bad and indifferent, in separate social media outlets. Usually, I share something if it is meaningful to me. In this case, I share my artwork to build my online portfolio, and to potentially gain feedback from visitors. Blog engagement is truly appreciated though. It reaffirms ideas we have and gives value to the messages we are trying to share.
I say what I mean and I mean what I say, even if it may make some of my posts disagreeable or controversial to some. For that, I do not apologize because that is part of who I am, and I am not physically hurting anyone by expressing my thoughts online, even if they could be dark or unpopular at times. I love beautiful fashion and bright happy colors, and nature when it’s thriving, and even when it is dying. I am hopeful that I will eventually succumb to an overwhelming sense of optimism, as I meditate on bringing mindfulness into my life.
Excerpt from TaoDeChing – Lao Tze
When beauty is abstracted
Then ugliness has been implied;
When good is abstracted
Then evil has been implied.
So alive and dead are abstracted from nature,
Difficult and easy abstracted from progress,
Long and short abstracted from contrast,
High and low abstracted from depth,
Song and speech abstracted from melody,
After and before abstracted from sequence.
The sage experiences without abstraction,
And accomplishes without action;
He accepts the ebb and flow of things,
Nurtures them, but does not own them,
And lives, but does not dwell.
Here are a few stress-relieving pieces I have created as part of my sequence of artwork that is uninhibited.
Let It Be.