...and the Sea Changed Her

What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons.
Do you hear it?

Name it, if you must,
or leave it forever nameless,
but why pretend it is not there?

The Terma Collective, “The box: Remembering the Gift”

I love this poem……
there are things calling to me, things inside of me and they call and call…they want me to stay on track with my hearts desire…..but what they don’t seem to recognize is I have yet to name my hearts desire,

I leave it nameless.

When I think about what I would like to achieve this year it is very hard for me to settle on what it is I really want.
Success as an artist, of course…
but I don’t seem to be able to ‘settle’ the inner debate of what ‘success’ means.

When someone makes a Vision Board or a Treasure Map they are supposed to be as detailed as possible. ….the last one I made was about 3 years ago…I wanted to show in more galleries, I wanted to hang in an art museum. I wanted to show in San Francisco and I wanted to teach workshops. The Vision Board hangs in my studio where I see it almost every day….
I was blessed to have experienced a lot of what I had depicted on my board….I do believe having a clear vision is a most important thing...
the business of being an artist is very much about work,
time management, learning new skills.

Artists create art and then figure out what to do with it….
people have to see it because making art in a vacuum just doesn’t work
for very long…
artists need to share our visions.
So, we market ourselves….
do shows…
do art hops,…
send in jury packets,
follow leads,
enter competitions….
there are the photos that need to be taken and put on zip files & disc..
sometimes, even slides….
We write our biographies and artist statements,.
.I once applied for a show and the jury an essay about me and where I was in my art career and where I was going.
Artists join art groups and show up for social gatherings when most often we’d rather be in the studio...
we join online art galleries,
have fan pages on Face book….
We spruce our studios for tours…
we keep track of our sales and save receipts…
and keep the ’BOOKS’.
I do these things because I want to share my passion…
and the creative high is addictive…
and I need to sell my art to feed my addiction….
so that leads me back to the plan…the path….
What should my vision board look like?
I don’t know.


Kathleen Mattox said...

Maybe this year's Vision Board looks different than before. Maybe it takes a different form--as a narrative or a list or something that seems to "fit" your needs better. I don't know what Vision Board is but I'd like to know more about how to make one. When I was an administrator, I used to use a lot of graphic organizers to organize information and action plan for big projects etc. I imagine it's somewhat similar.What it looks like for this year will come to you soon--that's MY prediction!

Natalie said...

Julie,wishing you peace and prosperity, but most of all joy and serenity.
That post was a very powerful, intimate one, thankyou for sharing your world.

Me? What calls to me, is a conservatory where I paint, draw, print photos. Children run past giggling, and outside is a blue creek running through my property. My man walks in with rich red roses. :)

Wish me luck! 2010, just might be my year.xx

Carol said...

Lovely quotes & dramatic doll ~ happy new year to you ~ Hugs, Carol (artmusedog)

Renee said...

Julie you are so full of magic and light and I think I even see star dust.

Love Renee xoxoxo

julie mitchell said...

Thanks for the prediction this point I know what I don't want the year to look like...I think that's vision boards are something that could be done with the Sisters?

Natalie...for you I predict that your vision will come is in so many ways true already isn't it? Thank you for your wishes for me...I want the same for you.

Carol, happy new year back at ya!

Renee, that's one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about me...thank you...I think we are all Stardust Sisters...
sending you healing light, I hope you can feel it...
hug, hug

Praying Horse said...

What a wonderful idea, a Vision Board. May you have beautiful visions of the coming year and may those help you bring your heart's desire closer to you.

Thank you for your kind comment on my Dryad Ranch blog. I am looking at the Him and Her dolls as I write this, by the way.

julie mitchell said...

Well, Praying Horse how delightful to learn that you share a home with Him & Her....knowing your love of the land and all it's creatures through reading your blog. I feel very honored that you took them home....thank you.
And thank you for kind wishes...Have we met?

Praying Horse said...

Julie, as far as I know, we have not met yet, but we could certainly remedy that!


Renee said...

Meaningful post Julie.

I bet when the bear gets home, he is just happy to see you.

Love Renee xoxo

Renee said...

Darling Julie I am honoured to live in the same time as you. Thank you.

Renee xoxo

Renee said...


Tammie Lee said...

clarity and a vision board to help get clear sounds like a wonderful idea. You have shown that an artist does so very much! Wishing you clarity, courage to follow through and grace from the universe to support you. happy new year!

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