THE ART OF LIFE
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Ever since I was a little girl, I have felt that I was an artist. I loved to make, create and paint! This was my most sincere form of play and a source of inner joy.
Being an artist is a core part of who I am, and painting has been an important part of my life. Yet, in my 30's, I let it slip away. I had a "real" job. I was married. I had kids. I had a to-do list a mile long! ... and making time to paint came way at the end of that list. (If it made it there at all.)
When I had so much to do, and people to care for, to do something for just the mere pleasure of it seemed unthinkable!
So, when I was at my low point, I finally took action and hired a life-coach. She instructed me to begin doing things "to fill my inner well." The first thing I did was pick up a paint brush! I started out by painting small, simple watercolors in a watercolor journal. This lead to painting larger pieces, and finally, I made my way back to the canvas!
I gave myself permission to paint anything that came to me spontaneously - without purpose or judgement. This is called intuitive or process painting. It was wonderful!
By honoring my creative intuition and painting whatever came to mind, I began to make a connection back to my true self. I honored myself by acting on my instincts. So, if I instinctively felt like painting the grass orange, I did so! By tapping into my creative source and letting it flow freely, I began to build trust within myself. My higher-self could trust that I would listen to its faint whispers and honor them. Soon, the whispers grew louder and louder, and I could clearly hear what my soul was calling out for. This was my road from being lost to being found again.
Today, even though I am a passionate about being a life coach and empowering women (whatever their unique road may be), and still have a busy life, I am committed to myself and make time to paint daily.
Here, I am honored to share with you my artwork. A glimpse into my soul.