Seeing through the color blue

Life is complicated. I find myself weaving through the noise to find a way to just be. As a small business owner, it seems to be about searching for the special sauce, the recipe that will help me be successful, the MOST successful.

We are bombarded by messaging on an entirely new level. Social media has taken over life in so many ways. We follow people and messages we are attracted to, interested in, and curious about. And before you know it, that curiosity has become a new addiction. We scroll through aimlessly when in reality, if we are just centered. Listened to ourselves and practiced our authentic fingerprint the harmony would align to our beautiful lives.

Without consciously doing so, I often find myself in comparison. I am not enough, I am not successful enough, I am not generous enough, I am not in enough galleries, I am not known enough for my art, I am not talented enough, I am not… you get it right?

This not enoughness seems to lead to a host of other things. It feeds the depression monster and smothers creativity. It diminishes the ability to any sort of forward movement ultimately leaning into what can be perceived as more failure.

Well doesn’t that just stink?

The trick seems to be to see clearly regardless of the filters that might challenge us. It is perspective. It is an objective perspective.

As an artist, when I am struggling with a piece, I often take a photo of it on my phone. The camera doesn’t lie. It shows the good, bad, and, well… ugly. It shows what needs improvement, but also shows the success.

Speaking of success. Isn’t that a whole bunch of perspective too?

When I see through the blue… I cannot see any success. I am not a millionaire, I am not famous, I am not special. But is that success?

When I fully dive in, even through the blue, I can see that I have grown so much as an artist. I have grown as a human. I can pay my “art bills” with art-related income. I have an expansive collection of art created (and has been collected nationally and internationally), I have awards graciously given by my peers, I began and have a greeting card company, and have the opportunity to venture into the “dream ” or “heart” projects- (my Affirmation decks) for one. I make my own schedule (which is still too busy) – but… I would say, I am doing okay. Blue and all.

Here’s my point. Don’t listen to the lying brain. She’s not a nice person. She believes in all the comparison cultures, the banter on the internet, the lies.

Take a moment, to see through the blue. See how far you have come, see the good you put out into the world. Celebrate that. I believe in you.

Sending you so much love,

Susan

Celebrate the growth!

Have you ever noticed how growth happens sometimes before you even recognize it? Lately, I have witnessed growth around me with something as simple as watering my plants. I am surprised and delighted by a new leaf, a new stem, a new bloom.

It occurs to me that I don’t always recognize growth within my journey, my path. It is easy to see the mistakes and the failures, it isn’t always easy to recognize the growth. Today, in my journal, I took note of what progress I have made and how I have grown recently.

Today I encourage you to take stock. Today, recognize how far you have come from even a month ago, a year ago…We are a work in progress! Every moment is a new opportunity. (Have a great day!)

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“Reining Gold”

This is one of two paintings I dropped off today at the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts for the Sunlight and Shadows Exhibition. First, I am pleased that I set a goal, and met the goal. I even dropped it off on time!

I share this piece particularly because this piece reminded me deeply why I am an artist. It fortified the idea that art is my oxygen and is important and essential to my life.

In December I broke several fingers on my dominant hand. I worked around the inconvenience fairly well. But soon, deadlines started looming. I wanted to enter this exhibition and to be completely transparent, I hadn’t even begun the painting yet.

I tried to paint with my splinted hand. It was not possible. SO, I switched hands. This painting (with the exception of my signature) has been created entirely with my non-dominant hand. It was slow and painful to do it that way. However, I rejoice in the fact that I did not let anything get in my way! I learned so much. I learned to have more patience with myself, I learned layers really are my friend, and I learned how to do this adapting to my new reality.

So I share this with you- proud of what I learned more than the aesthetic of the painting. Thank you for listening…

“Reigning Gold” copyright 2024 Susan Carmen-Duffy

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International Women’s Day

To celebrate women seems too little for one day.

I am in awe of the incredible women around me. The women who give life to ideas, hopes, art, technology, and well… humans. I am grateful for the women who have gone before me who have generously given me love, support, and encouragement without question, without concern for practicality or logic. I am in awe of the tenacity of women who have bloomed beyond their own pain and scars, who have courageously colored their lives with brilliance and shine brighter than the most luminescent stars. I am grateful for the women who continue to inspire me, support me, and love me with endless perseverance.

Celebrating women, in all seasons of life.

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