Hello Louise!
Two Questions for you.

ART IS A WAY.

Today I want to tell you more about the new blog that I'm building. Art is a Way is more than a blog. It's a robust web-site and blog at the same time. I am so excited about this project. Art is a Way won't be one more blog on my list, it will eventually be the only one. Although I am thinking about leaving my blog about papercutting as a separate place. The content of all my current blogs will migrate to that new place. And then, there will be the new content that I'm creating with you in mind. Moving into that new home will be an organic part my personal growth. Planning this transition takes a lot of work but I'm enjoying every bit of it. I love progress and I love building new things. I see the new place as a custom made house with all the features of my dreams. From there this blogging experience will be even more enjoyable and rich.

 

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement,achievement, and success have no meaning.

 Benjamin Franklin

 

From Art is a Way I will be: Inspiring you to get in touch with your full creative potential. I could say a lot more about my new project but let's leave something for the future. All I want to say now is that it will be great.

Below I'm sharing something that I wrote for Art is a Way. I needed to write that in order to communicate my essence and  why I feel so inspired to share my passions with you.  I'm planning to launch Art is a Way on January 1st of 2013. I'm so looking forward to that day!

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Elsita for blog
Me in 4th grade. I was the smallest kid in my class but my mind was a spacious place full of dreams.

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When I was born,  the stars, planets, gemstones, and all those things were aligned in perfect harmony for me to fail. I was one of eight children that came into this world for no special reason. Neglected from the start, I was a victim of those bad things you hear about in the news.

 All I had to do was follow my “destiny” and I would have become the fragile/invisible person that I was born to be. All I had to do was be one more lost sheep in my barrio, do what everyone else was doing and react to the terrible things that happened to me in the same way everyone else did. The mystery is that I did just the opposite.

 Was I was slightly smarter than my peers? Probably not. Many of my screwed up neighbors and friends were smart, even though some  ended up in jail, or even dead. Was it a stubborn gene in me? I can’t say because I’m not a scientist. Was it that I was touched by some special light? Not at all. Those stories about “special lights” are made to trick us into believing that good things happen only if something outside of us does the magic.

 Then what happened? How did I get out of that black hole where I was born and raised? How in this world did I steer the wheel in the totally opposite direction? How did I end up being a better version of what I was supposed to be? The answer is only one: Imagination, lots of imagination and creativity.

 I was able to imagine a better destiny. I made it happen, day after day, inside my head. I wrote that imagined world down in diaries, I drew it, I painted it, I modeled it in clay and plasticine, I sang it  out loud in the bathroom, I day dreamed about it. That imaginary reality became my project, my experiment, my secret love, the only one thing that I could count on because it was all up to me. Everything else failed me but not my imagination.

 I became so connected to my fantastic world, so familiar with it, so in love with it that I lost my way back into that other ugly world where I was born. I totally forgot how to get back there. And when I became an adult (and before I was even aware of it) I had moved full-time into that better world, a world that  became real before my eyes. One choice at a time, one day at a time, one idea at a time I found my way into a better reality. One morning I opened my eyes and said:  I MADE IT! I still say that inside my head once in a while when I wake up.

 So I’m here because I have a little grain of sand to offer, it’s my way of being grateful with life. I built Art is a Way to share my passion for creativity. Through this place I want to help  you get in touch with your full creative potential. I want  to help you understand that imagination, creativity and art can save your life. If you don’t need to be saved, then Imagination, creativity and art can make your life dramatically better. 

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