Follow Your Heart

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs, visionary, ex-CEO, Apple Computer

Alissa Clark's art exemplifies thinking outside of the box.

This quote by Steve Jobs has been on my mind the last few days. For me personally, this sums up what it means to be a self-employed artist. “Marching to the beat of your own drummer”, is another great cliche that rings true for me. Authentic, well crafted, original art, music, ideas, solutions are what propel the human race forward in our evolutionary journey. Don’t get stuck in the past, don’t judge what is good by comparing it to what already is, don’t limit your own possibilities. Your potential is without limit.

We have the tools, we have the skills, now we must go way out there to bring forth new concepts.

New ideas come from within, or they come through a clear channel from a place none of us truly comprehend. Either the concepts have been brewing in your mind-soul-heart for awhile, or you simply channel the whims of the Universe. Either way, a true artist is going with the flow of the wave of inspiration that is upon him/her. When you are in that zone of creativity nothing in the outside world around you matters. When you tap that source, you are somehow closer to the divine and your intention changes from production to co-creation with self-Universe-God (insert here whatever your higher power may be, or not).

Use the instruments to tap into music that has never been heard before. Push your own limits.

So, the point of this little article is to say, trust yourself as the guide when you go into the studio to dip the brush into the paint, or into the field to bring the world into focus through the lens, or into your shop to grind on metal, stone, wood, or into the sewing room to put the final stitches into that new garment concept. Let go of the clouds of doubt and imagine yourself and your art into being. Give yourself the freedom to bring new light into this world. Dig deeper, go way out there, search for something you have never done before. The world is waiting for your new creations to send us into our collective future.

Pulled this shot from a roll I shot back in 1973 (just kidding). Heather Hutton plays from 3-5, Saturday, August 27.

Music Schedule for the Weekend

Saturday, August 27

11:30 – 1:30     Gene Burnett

3:00 – 5:00     Heather Hutton

Sunday, August 28

11:30 – 1:30     Jon Galfano

3:00 – 5:00     Guitano del Norte

About LithiaArtisansMarket

We are a collective of artists, artisans, and musicians who gather along Ashland Creek during the sunny months of the year to sell our wares, dance to the sounds, and share in the abundance of life. Saturdays from 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am - 5:00pm, April 14th through November 15th. Two sets of live, original music each day. 40 local and regional artisans selling their unique creations.
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