Art & Ayurveda My Weekend Update
Yes, art and Ayurveda really do go together.
This past weekend I participated in the Jersey City Art and Studio Tour. Hundreds of artists opened their studios and live/work spaces to the public. I was one of them.
Having just moved to Jersey City a couple of months ago, it was a leap of faith that I would be ready to show my work. As of a few days before the event I still had stray boxes to sort through and barely any light in my apartment. I had been living by candlelight at night (not a bad thing to do, btw!)
Art & Ayurveda My Weekend Update
I’ve been in open studio events before but it’s been a while. And it’s a much different experience opening your home as opposed to just your studio. There can be a bit of a voyeuristic feel to it sometimes, but most everyone who came through last weekend was respectful and appreciative.
I had quite a lot of older work – huge panels that were like giant journal pages from a much darker time in my life. My angst and anxiety were written all over them. Turbulence, (my past fear of flying), Claustrophobia (self-explanatory), Misadventure (a difficult trip to Europe), Lost and Found (my transition from married to single and relocating to NYC), and Slow Down! (my dislike of any kind of speed – the fast kind, not the drug kind!) were just a few.
So you can see how vulnerable and exposed I could have felt. More than a few people asked me how I felt selling work that was so personal to a stranger. It’s probably no coincidence that these pseudo-journal pages rarely sell.
When I first hung some of these pieces in my new home in anticipation of the Studio Tour I was a little startled and taken aback at my raw past that hung before me. Did I really want this on my walls?
But after a few days I had detached from the pain of them and was able to see them for what they were – representations of incredibly difficult times in my life that had strengthened me and made me who I am today. And so, I was more than okay sharing my stories with these curious strangers.
A couple of days before the show I decided to print out some photographs. After all, photography has been my creative expression of late. And interestingly, that’s what sold. Of course, they were more affordable than the large paintings but I have to wonder if people just don’t want someone else’s “journal” hanging on their walls!
Five minutes before the show started on Saturday I decided to print up a flyer for a class on Ayurveda – my other passion. I put it on the table along with the information on my artwork.
I already have several people signed up for the class. They are super-curious and enthusiastic. I even met the most light-filled young woman named Sarah who wants to connect and learn these healing modalities from me. She’s one of those rare individuals who radiates pure JOY.
Click here if you would like details on the class. I would love for some of you to join us!
I’m not a party person. I don’t like crowds and loud noise. I’d rather share a cup of tea with you than have to compete with music and lots of people at once. But I’m proud of myself for pushing beyond my comfort zone (Thank you, my friends for your support and encouragement – you know who you are!) and not letting the fear and anxiety win over.
If there’s one important lesson I’ve learned over the past few years of my studies (and I’m still learning this) it’s that once we begin learning our life lessons on our path, we MUST share them with the world – as Joseph Campbell so wisely taught in The Hero’s Journey. No matter how shy or introverted or disinterested in attention we might be, it’s hurtful to ourselves and others not to share our gifts. And so I did just that this weekend. It felt good.