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"Like a shadow -- I am and I am not." ~ Rumi
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Source. From whence we came, we return.

And so it begins…

After years of wondering whether to publish my artwork, it has turned out to be just one of those things I feel in my heart I must do. Know what I mean? Like the spontaneous (and usually inconvenient) urge you get to suddenly grab your camera and go exploring. And if you manage to ignore mind’s resistance, you just follow your heart out into destinations unknown. It doesn’t matter where — it’s the “going” that matters. Going into experiences of self-discovery, growth, and just maybe, a great photograph. It’s the same intrinsic drive for all creatives — to dare act upon what you are feeling and to figure out some way of expressing it — regardless of the consequences.

“Art is what we call the thing the artist does. It’s not the medium or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human. Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”  ~ Seth Godin

This first entry into The Photo Art Journey is an introduction of sorts. And for me to admit right up front that I’m rather new at this. Maybe by my 100th blog entry, my accumulation of experience will have forged me into a “good” writer — able to eloquently express my many intrinsic experiences common to the creative process. Still, I feel I have something beneficial to share with you, especially if you are new to exploring your deepest feelings and expressing yourself via images. At the very least, we may all learn something unique, evolving a little further along on our personal journeys into the art of self-expression.

And probably just like you, I have felt a bit alone in this process of awakening to my creative self. I have experienced what bright inspiration feels like — as well as the darkness of doubt in the middle of a sleepless night. I have stood alone and bare to other’s reactions to my deeply personal creative process. I have had to garner courage and perseverance, in the presence of a viewer’s dismissive grin and their abrupt change of subject.

Yet I also know the heartfelt joy of seeing the dawn of wonder in eyes witnessing my art for the first time. The possibility that they too are sensing a similar inner call that brought my art into being — a kindred soul, traveling upon their own unique journey through life.

These are the things creatives endure deeply, but rarely talk about, or know how to talk about. This thing you feel compelled to do — just to feel complete, regardless of how your creation is received. It’s your own unique creative process, your connection with the infinite — and I am fascinated by it. I shall endeavor to explore it more, right here in The Photo Art Journey.

“If you are a writer or an artist, it is work that fulfills and makes you come into wholeness, and that goes on through a lifetime. Whatever the wounds that have to heal, the moment of creation assures that all is well, that one is still in tune with the universe, that the inner chaos can be probed and distilled into order and beauty.”
~ May Sarton, At Seventy: A Journal

An Invitation

Before I sign off, I also want this first journal entry to be an invitation of sorts. An invitation to you to join me here for a bit of creative inspiration as I experiment with how this blog, this narrative of my experiences, can work in some beneficial way for both of us. To explore, to discover, to make this bit of cyberspace a unique experience in documenting how images, inspired of the heart, manifest into expression. Expressions that document and celebrate our shared creative process — an artistic journey via the heart towards a bit of self-discovery for us both.

Thank you for your curiosity and hopefully your desire to visit again. I plan to post every week or so, probably on Saturday or Sunday. So, until next time, I salute you for daring to be the creative that you are.