*A guest post by Victoria Rose Martin.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." ~Albert Einstein
Did you know it’s been said that the veil between the world of the spiritual and the living is at its thinnest around Halloween? There are a lot of people out there who have a vivid imagination and a strong pull to otherworldly fantasy stories. Need proof? Popular Halloween costumes sell out and movies like Avatar gross a lot of money. And really let’s face it, all spiritual beliefs lie in faith. Believing that something wonderful is out there waiting for you can be a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Imagination is one of the greatest forces in the universe and knowing people such as Albert Einstein strongly believed in the power of imagination, we’re all in very good company. This month I ask you to imagine or dream along with me while I challenge you to create artwork based on positive affirmations that just might help you tap into your inner Picasso or Dali. And even better you just might inspire somebody else along the way.
Below you will find five quotes that speak to never giving up on your dreams. Create a piece of art based on one or all of the following quotes. And while you’re creating it focus on the words. How does it speak to you? How do you feel when you visualize yourself realizing your dreams? How great would it be to achieve your goals?
Be inspired and set a favorite quote on your own photos.
When you’re feeling your imagination flying away and happiness filling your heart, grab whatever you make art with be it a paintbrush, needle and thread or pencil. Just be inspired and connected to a higher source.
1. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”- Babe Ruth. 2. "Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place."- Unknown 3. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain 4. "I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison 5. And finally, I don’t know who said this one but it’s an affirmation I loved so much I painted it on the wall of my own studio. “I can and I will”. Imagining something could be real is half the battle in obtaining what you want.
Rather than listening to that pesky inner voice telling you all the reasons that you couldn’t possibly do something, tell yourself you can. Stop listening and start doing. I am sure you can list 100 reasons why you can’t do something. But if you believe so little in your own abilities, why should anyone else believe in you? Don’t talk down to yourself.
Need help getting started? Then take a look at the book Incite, Dreams Realized The Best of Mixed Media by Tonia Jenny. In it you’ll find “stories of artistic visions fulfilled, lofty goals achieved, and daunting obstacles overcome” along with over 120 examples of artwork from 93 mixed media artists.
So what are you waiting for? Start pretending you’re being a successful artist for Halloween, but on November 1st, don’t you dare take off the costume. Get out there and create some wonderful art, post it online, and by all means share it with your friends, print it and put it in your office, your car or wherever you need to see it.
Inspire yourself and those around you could tap into something spiritual and possibly make money at it.
Victoria Rose Martin is an artist and designer currently living in South Florida. She is the Department Chair for Fine Art and Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at: VictoriaRoseMartin.com.