living in the RAW :: trust your mess

July 19, 2011

by jenica mckenzie

what is keeping you from art?

from finding YOUR artistic community?

from taking the time to get messy and throw technique out the window?

my fears were that no one would come, that i would spend my time and energy and no one would even show up! what if they thought my house was messy?  what if my kids were rotten in front of new people?   and then i realized that if someone invited me to an art night all i would feel is gratitude, finally a place to to safely just BE.

so here’s my challenge to each of you:


play with paint, charcoal, dirt, mud; bake something delicious and share it with someone; knit yourself into a knot; clean out your closet and repurpose some of your uglies.  whatever feeds your heart and makes you feel alive, how bout you commit to spending one hour this weekend getting messy and remembering what feeds you.  your heart needs it, or you wouldn’t be in this group. ;-)

trust your mess

RAW night this thursday…

if you live in the colorado springs area, shannon root is hosting a RAW night on thursday. connect with her on facebook for more details – go shannon!

join our RAW facebook group here and grab tour button!

{fabulous RAW photos by the lovely gretchen}

3 Responses to “living in the RAW :: trust your mess”

  1. rowena says:

    great questions. there is a challenge here….

  2. I think what keeps me from painting is my kids. Sure I can get them involved but I fear the mess, the clean up and the fighting. I use to paint all the time. I loved it. Besides writing in my journal it’s the only time that I can truly be myself and open completely up.

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