Authenticity, Life & It’s Process

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.
–Robert Louis Stevenson  

So, here’s the deal…

I think we get sooo wrapped up in the final product sometimes, we lose sight of the process. It’s the process that heals, the process that soothes and invigorates, it is the process that is a reflection of your soul, your heart … and your mind. The process is where we gain the most wisdom, and hence.. arises the true value. It is the process, that I find most freeing.

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
–William James

If you could peek into my studio right now (you’d prolly call Molly Maid).. you’d see stacks of canvas’s, objects, books and papers all with intricate, layered, rich backgrounds … I’m absolutly addicted to creating these.

I wish I could tell you just what it is that captivates me about creating backgrounds.. they soothe me, and I could spend days just immersing myself into the process..

cut.. tear … glue…add layersremoving paint.. need more paint.. try something newstamp here.. add texture herewipe off there.. transfer hereoopshere too ..

You get the idea. It’s a challenging sort of random mundaneness.

Problem is, I just can’t seem to cover them up!

Everything we see is but a mirror of what we are.
— Gerald G Jampolsky

It’s not unlike life.

In fact, I think it’s an accurate reflection of my life. I am drawn to what it is we don’t see, the things the are true.. the facets of life that are bare, raw …and soaked in authenticity. The genuine. I look past what you first see, and find what lies beneath .. People, things, places .. are never just what they appear to be.. they are merely a carefully crafted image.

What I find exciting, sometimes scary and often eye-opening .. is … you guessed it .. the process … how that image came to be.

No matter what your work, let it be your own. No matter what your occupation, let what you are doing be organic. Let it be in your bones. In this way, you will open the door by which the affluence of heaven and earth shall stream into you.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson  

So what does all this insane rambling have to do with my latest piece?  

100% Authentic – 8″ x 10″ on Canvas – One of a Kind – April 2006

 100% Authentic

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While your eye is initially drawn to the woman (an altered image from a Teesha Moore collage sheet).. it’s the background of this mixed media collage & painting that tells the true story .. one I’ll let you tell yourself. What is it you see within it?

I’ve been drawn to birds, nests, and eggs for years now .. For me? They are strong symbols hope, re-birth, and the endless cycle of life.

This painting, much like the butterfly .. whose beautiful, outstretched, wings lend them freedom.. it’s a metamorphosis of sorts. It is authentic ..and never, ever truly complete.

The universe will pay you to be yourself and do what you really love.
–Shakti Gawain  

Ok, Ok, that quote is a really poor attempt at subtly letting y’all know this is for sale on E-bay.

Will today be the day you decide once and for all to make your life consistent with the quality of your spirit? Then start by proclaiming, “This is what I am. This is what my life is about. And this is what I’m going to do. Nothing will stop me from achieving my destiny. I will not be denied!
— Anthony Robbins

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
–Oliver Goldsmith

 Now i’m off to “preach” with my life ..not my keyboard! – xoxo Chrysti

11 Responses

  1. I have trouble covering up exceptional backgrounds as well. I want them to be the art all on their own, sometimes. Great piece. Hope it sells.

  2. Whoa….you have created an awesome space here! I LOVE the collage, it’s such a beautiful piece…

  3. The piece is great and I especially love the background. I often have trouble covering up what I deem to be successful backgrounds too. I always look at them as the fork in the road and it takes me forever to decide if I want to go left or go right or head into the woods.

  4. Chrystie its just so beautiful, and the story … perfect Judy x

  5. This is truly a gorgeous piece of art – so strong and rich, and so beautifully balanced.

  6. Again I love this piece…it does speak to me…and did it ever..Dancing to the beat of your own drum (music notes) creative process (numbers) birds (sign of life, as so are the eggs) butterfly wings (as giving yourself wings to fly,freedom) the leaf ( sign of new life and the cycle of life)that is what spoke to me. Now that I have looked more closely I wish I would of looked deeper the first go round…Hugs! Have a safe trip and a lovely time!

  7. This is an awesome piece!! All of the layering and the detail is absolutely amazing and eye-catching! Hope it does well for you on Ebay!

  8. thanks so much everyone!

  9. Wonderfully written piece! Beautiful artwork too!!!!!

  10. girl, i dig your chili…


  11. i love this blog post…what i needed to read today!

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