Lisa Sonora is an artist/blogger/entrepreneur whom I have been following for years. I wouldn’t be of much help in summing her up so I highly recommend you check her out on your own at www.lisasonora.com. Her methods, art, and mentality have inspired me for years by encouraging me to create art for the sake of creating it, not for the sake of selling it. I am constantly motivated and encouraged by her, so when discovering she was going to be in Portland for an intimate 8 person workshop I knew I had to be there. Thus the main reason for my Portland trip (not that I needed an excuse for a vacation.)
Being in such a small group of other amazing artists and personalities was such a great opportunity! The energy that bounced from wall to wall and person to person in that room was like someone had brought an energy drink truck in and fed it to all the people and supplies combined. A community was built within a matter of minutes as we all began sharing our stories and lives. We were connecting on a level that isn’t typically intended for new strangers. All boundaries and walls were knocked down the moment we started pulling paint out.
I am always amazed to see what art can do to people. How it can open you up and splash your guts all over the table for the world to see, and yet there’s comfort in it. We worked on visual journals for the day, learning how to expose ourselves to our own self, not be distracted or fearful of what might come out, and to embrace what we create. Paint and magazines were used to create something visually appealing, while prompts were used to inspire thought. The things that began pouring onto the pages were thoughts that I didn’t even know existed. With a simple project I began learning about, addressing, and finding solutions to fears I didn’t know I had, and desires that had never resonated. I saw glimpses of my true self that hadn’t dared come forth prior to that moment.
Embracing your thoughts is not an easy thing to do, but is a journey I strive to take. To see myself without judgement is slowly become a piece of who I am. Everyday I am learning something new, some of it good and some not so good, but its me regardless. Instead of getting down on myself for the things that aren’t perfect or aren’t what I think they should be, I just choose to view them as what is and continually work to be the best version of that. I will always strive to be more than what I am. But I will never strive to be “better”, because what I am right now is and always will be enough. And so are you.