As a creative entrepreneur, I am constantly thinking about how to position myself and my work, and how to make money from what I create.
Because of this, I think it's so important to have at least ONE art form deemed as 'sacred'.
What does 'sacred' really mean?
- I do not place any expectations on it.
- I do not say to it, "One day I hope you'll make me a ton of money".
- I do not try to make it more palatable and digestible for others.
- I accept it wholly for what it is.
- I let it breathe and be.
Lately my sacred art form has been abstract painting.
I wanted my first year of making to be carefree and light—I drew coffee cups, and trees, and houses, and stylish women. I didn't put the expectation on myself to be able to dig that deep right out of the gate.
Until one day I woke up and just felt so... dry. I was at a point where I couldn't go on making 'art' that didn't feel like I was in it.
So I sat down and said,
"God, if you're up there, I need you to show up today. I've been showing up for the past year, and I feel like I'm all alone in this. I need you to show up. I don't know how much longer I can go on like this."
And he/she/the universe/it... DID. I immediately felt like a dam released and I could FINALLY express my emotions. I felt like I'd woken up from a coma where everyone's just been sitting at my bedside, waiting, watching, putting their words in my mouth.
After this deep, opening experience, I decided to keep this one, special, honest art form... completely sacred.
I have a few of my original pieces for sale on my site, but I am not expecting anything to come from them. I feel like I've finally found a medium and process that I COMPLETELY am fulfilled by, and if I never make a single dollar off of these works, that won't change the fact that I NEED and LOVE to make them. With every fiber of my being.
And that, is sacred.