Art is a funny thing….it is so in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone likes the same type of art or music. For so long I created what I thought others wanted to see or what would get published. For a very long time I lost the meaning of what I was actually creating. In some ways I hid behind my art. Without professional training I doubted what I had to contribute to the art world. In these past few years it has all taken on a new meaning for me….I stand up for it instead of behind it…and strangely when I started to share that it came back to me tenfold!
By not doubing myself (well I still do that!) and just putting myself out there a little more, this year I have learned one of the greatest feelings is having someone tell you that something you did inspired them. When I receive emails or messages about that it fills me up. I just want to tell them how how that just keeps me going!
Like this email from Trudy Sjolander:
Hi Tracy…I didn't exactly use the project from last night as my inspiration for this card but I did use lots of things I have seen from your work. You inspired me to just write out the sentiment without thinking too much about it. I didn't worry about placement or even if it was straight. I have been loving your heart projects too!…" ~True
and this one from Renee Aslette:
"Hi Tracy, Please find attached the canvas I made after I was inspired by your Heart Canvas. I am going to hang this up in my scrapping room. The Sky is the Limit – Anything is Possible. … This is the first time i have tried anything that didn’t involve a scrapbooking page. Probably not perfect but it means alot to me. Hope you like it. I had a heap of fun….Your lessons on UStream make me smile, and feel like part of a family. I was only showing a friend yesterday a re-run of the decoupage canvas you did and how amazing that canvas turned out and you hadn’t even planned it!!! I am now thinking lots of different things for canvas!!! Might do something for the boys rooms. I would have never done that before…Thanks again…" ~Renee Aslette
and Sandee Setliff sent this….
"here's a picture of my mini album cover you helped to inspire and the link to the blog post 🙂 Hope you like it :)" ~sandee
It is so great that you made an impression in some small way for a person to create something! They don't realize the impact they have on me by emailing me! It reminds me that inspiration is truly catchy and something I want to keep passing on! That just may be my small contribution to the art world….small but mighty in my little world.
What a feeling!!
"Art Washes from the Soul the dust of every day life" ~Unknown