Monday, June 28, 2010

Answering BIG Questions

So before the FEARLESS Painting: BIG gets started next week, Connie, the host of the workshop wanted the tribe to answer some questions.

Here we go.

Question One. What does going BIG look and feel like to me?
-- BIG at first seems overwhelming and scary. I've always been hesitant to work on a grand scale. It also looks inviting, knowing the support of others will be nearby. Knowing this isn't an impossible task, no one expects perfection.

Question Two. What scares me about BIG?
-- When I look at a large white canvas, I fear destroying it. I fear ruining the pristine crispness of the white with something that ends up muddy and uninviting. I've posted a quote in my workspace to help with this fear. "Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. - Pablo Picasso" I use this to remind myself that I'll never take a leap forwards without making that first step.

Question Three. What excites me about BIG?
-- I imagine the freedom that will come along with not confining myself to small pieces. Like Connie said, I have to stop hiding behind the little pieces. I am excited to move around and really involve my Whole self in the piece as it speaks. I look forward to having the piece speak and being able to follow along without fear of judgement.

Question Four. What BIG things in my life have I already done?
-- I have taken an extra bedroom to dedicate to the arts. When I had limited space, or had to drag everything out to work, I used it as an excuse to not make anything at all. Now I can't use that - I have this space I can escape to and wait to see what happens.

Question Five. What BIG things do I dream of doing?
-- I wait for those moments that I can't Wait to step foot in my space. The moments where I lost track of time while working on something I am truly passionate about.

So these are the things I'm thinking about while waiting on the course to start. I'm getting excited.. gathering supplies.. anxious to get started..

anxious to see what happens..


  1. Karen, I love the quote you posted in your workspace. I too love the moments where you lose track of time while working on something. It's a great feeling. Thanks for sharing your answers.

  2. Thanks for sharing those thoughts. I really love the Picasso quote. I am going to try to remember that too. "Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." - Pablo Picasso

  3. I'm excited, too. I think it's going to be great.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts as you prepare! :)

  4. Yay! This sounds beautiful - quote, space, and all. I'm excited to be on this journey with you!!

  5. Reading this post Karen gets me all excited!!! I feel like I can't wait to share all this with you--next week is going to be so awesome--I can't wait to see what your write--what you share--how you begin to destroy the white surface with paint!!!

    I'm so happy you are part of this're changing lives..especially mine!

    Big hugs!

  6. Aww you gals!! I feel so much love! Thanks so much for your support! This is going to be a blast and it is just going to keep getting BIGger and BIGGER I know it!!