Breaking Rules

  Musings #13 14"x11" cotton, dye, thread

Musings #13 14"x11" cotton, dye, thread

I’m a rule follower. It’s the way my brain works, and probably why I’ve been successful at my day job in software engineering. I follow the traffic laws, the bylaws of my housing complex, and the laws of my country.

Since gingerly beginning to dip my toe in to the world of art three years ago, to jumping in and establishing my professional art practice, I’ve looked for clues to help me understand the rules of being an artist. Guess what…..I’ve discovered that firstly, there aren’t rules, and second that following rules in this space, really isn’t helpful.

Listening to what I’m drawn to, instead of what I think I should do has been the most helpful strategy. Listening to what is true for me. Listening to what feels right, and to what feels like I need to leave behind. It’s a different way of being for me but one that feels increasingly comfortable. Do you give yourself permission in your life to listen to what is true for you?