Today, make something ugly. Do it from your heart, but please make ugly art.
Make sure it make you say “bleh” when you look at it.
Ok, ok, ok. You’ve got me, I’m not serious. I really want you to make things that you find and feel are beautiful.
After all-I claim “create beauty” to the mountains and high hills every day of my life.
Where this comes from is yet again another GREAT conversation that my husband and I were having one evening.
Jason (my husband) is a music educator. He teaches saxophone lessons in Asheville to people of all ages….he’s also a yoga instructor. He’s a teacher and a born healer and quite incredible at what he does.
(We are at 4 years of being together today, so I’m gushy, and my mind is blown at how much I love this man. Check out part of our story here.)
Ok, so he & I were discuss the art making process over our delicious vegetarian dinner one night at home.
Because, I was in a bit of a slump with my creations. Honestly, I felt like what I was doing was dumb and no one “liked” it when I shared on Facebook, and my sales this month have been down….and…and…you get the picture.
Jason told me that an instruction he gives to his saxophone students when they feel the same way (perhaps trying to over perfect, like me) is to make a sound. And possibly, make an ugly sound.
99.99% of the time the music students make beautiful sound, instead. They make…so to speak…their greatest expression at that moment.
Why this instruction? Well, for me the biggest lesson in this is that the students get out of their own way and let the music come forth.
A prayer of mine lately has been: Please God help me to get out of my own way for the light to shine.
Here are the lessons of this intimate conversation that I want you to take home with you today:
If you can get over making it perfect, you will make it yours
If you make ugly art, it usually is someone else’s favorite piece
You may feel like an abstract art piece in your soul, but the Divine knows your order
When you move from the place of being in your head to being in your heart, that is where art occurs
And yes, life is kinda ugly at times. Social media leads us to believe everyone walks around perfect, rich, losing weight, and on great diets all day every day. It’s not true. Life sometimes is like an ugly art piece that make you just run for the Renaissance museum.
Don’t worry, we all go through this process.
So give yourself a break, and please please please–make ugly art.
Do you want to make ugly art sometimes? If so, let me know and speak your mind in the comments below!