"She looks like she is waiting for the greater things to come."
I wanted to share an experience I had today of letting go of an art piece I had grown fond of. It is a piece that was made to speak to someone I know. In the piece you see a young woman and a sheep next to her blinded from their surroundings. Unaware of their blindness they are in need of a shepherd. There are times where we see others we care about and they seem blinded to reality or the decisions they are making. As an artist I felt compelled to depict the state that I saw this person in. I saw her as a sheep that needed saving. When one sheep moves, the rest will follow. They will follow their leader off a cliff to their death. They are directionless and defenseless. I saw this person I cared about and hoped that she would find the shepherd that stoops down for us when we are poor, lost, and weak.
It is hard to let go of things that remind us of what we need most.
I created this piece four years ago, and I have seen more of myself in this piece than who it was originally created for. I still hope that "Blinded Sheep" spoke to the person I made it for, but I am thankful to have been able to hold it long enough to see how I have gone astray and needed saving. It has been a reminder to me how much I need a shepherd. Even though I am given everything I need I still happen to wander off.
As I delivered the piece to the new owner I explained the story behind the piece. That I made it as a response to a relationship with someone I know. I also talked about many other things on how to take care of the piece and keep it clean and ways to display and hang it. After some time of talking the woman told me that she asked her sons what they thought of the piece. She said her youngest son responded by saying, "She looks like she is waiting for the greater things to come." What he said really hit me because I didn't make this piece to show hope, but how lost she was. I didn't make this piece to speak to myself, but was a daily reminder of where I was at in my life. We are supposed to understand who we are and where we are at in life, but we also must be filled with hope of the greater things to come.
That's why it's hard to let go of pieces like these. Time and time again I am in awe of the stories I hear and the people I meet through art. Sharing art sparks connections and moments like these. That is invaluable to our life experience. Letting go of your work can be bitter sweet. But it is so worth it. Don't hold on to what you create. Share it with the world. You never know what story you might unravel.
Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you have a good rest of the week.
P.S. If you haven't made it out to Mama Carmen's for our Live Music & Live Painting evenings on Friday nights then you need to come! This Friday at 8:30pm.
Until next time,