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The Force Calling Me Forward • by Jess Greene

Jess Greene Art is the force calling me, always forward, through my fears to growth and life.

Leading to Good
Several years back I was introduced to a couple artist and crafter blogs. I had always been a dedicated DIY-er and maker in many forms so I found the blogs to be little windows into the lives of people I knew I already loved and connected with. From blogs I learned about art workshops and soon went to my first art retreat.

And I was terrified.

I went to my first art retreat and knew no one. I didn’t think I could draw or paint. I certainly didn’t call myself an artist. But I knew deep in my soul that I had to go, that I was meant to be there, and that working through my fear was going to lead to something good.

And it did.

Moving Through Fears
And it set a trend. My journey as a person and an artist can be seen as cycles of moving through fears with a deep sense of knowing that all the hard work will bring about tremendous growth. I started painting, started a creative network, quit my day job, completed an artist residency, started teaching painting, drove around the country for three months, and now am going back to a full-time job. Each step feels terrifying just like each honest, raw painting I paint is terrifying.

Taking the Risk
Art is about putting yourself out there. Expressing yourself and then putting it out there for others to see. It is always terrifying to some degree, but oh so fruitful too.

Put yourself out there. Take the risk. Show up and know that after every fear there is more strength then you could imagine.

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