Calling All Artists :: This Is Your Wake Up Call

This is a great video of Grace Lee Boggs speaking about the importance of redefining our world.

"The world is waiting for a new dream."
~Grace Lee Boggs

One of the things I'm having my FEARLESS Painters in IGNITE explore is a redefinition of what it means to be an Artist and a redefinition of their own personal Artistic Lineage.

With all my heart, I believe times are a changin'.  That old structures and paradigms and ways of looking at things no longer serve the greater good and are collapsing or on their way to collapsing.

It's an exciting, volatile, fertile time to be alive.

It's an important time to be alive.  For everyone.  All ages.  All races.  All creeds, socio-economic status, and vocation.

But as Artists, we play a vital role in this redefinition that is happening. We lead by example.  We help others and the planet heal.  We bring light to where there is darkness.

And I know this all sounds so big and grandiose that it can feel impossible to figure how little ol' me or little ol' you actually fit in it all.  Right?

How can scribbling in your art journal--or painting what makes you happy--or spending time working on Art make a real difference in this world?

I'm here to tell you that it does.  It really does.

And I'm not trying to sell you something or gain your like on Facebook.  I'm here to tell you because I've spent my entire life devoted to Art and I know first hand that the old ways of teaching Art--selling Art--and the purpose of Art are collapsing as well.

Artists, this is our wake up call.

It is time to own the gifts that we have been granted.  It is time to share and reach our voices out to others. It is time to answer the calling that keeps us up at night--that itches and itches at us to create--to gather ideas, inspiration, and spirit--to express the messages we hear so loudly in our hearts.

We are being called to be an Artist for a reason greater than our minds can wrap itself around.

So stop thinking we have to fit some old, worn out idea of what an Artist is.  It is no longer valid.  The internet has taken the place of galleries--the Artist themselves have taken their destiny into their own hands--and if you yell out your call--a tribe of kindred Souls will gather to meet you.

It is time to redefine Artist.  That's the message I'm instilling in my IGNITE FEARLESS Painting Teacher Trainees.  That's the truth of where Art is right now.

We are no longer just machines that pump out pretty things.  We are healers.  Light bringers. Visionaries.  Entrepreneurs with hearts wider than the Grand Canyon and the ability to move money like energy.  We are here to help the next generation.   We are here to secure change.

We are here to remind every living Soul that WE ARE ALIVE.

In all honesty, it doesn't matter who becomes President.  Real change ALWAYS happens from the bottom up.  It starts with heart-to-heart conversations over coffee or wine. Real change is woven out of ideas and truth and people coming together with passion. It starts with integrity and believing that anything is possible.

Channel your energy.  Vote, yes, vote.

But know that a greater change is happening that no president in office can control with tax cuts, legislature, or fear tactics.

But we can make the greatest change as Artists right here--right now.

Just pick up the paintbrush.
Take a deep breath.
Call yourself an Artist--
And actually mean it.


Kimberly Davis said...

Connie, I so believe this. And it's happening. Just this morning I was watching the DEEP videos and I felt something crack inside me. It was this beautifully unsettling feeling of promise that I am just sitting with. So many people around me have shared how difficult the last week especially has been (and this has been true for me too). There is a quote I stumbled upon that reads:
all great changes are preceded by chaos
And I am feeling that too.
Much love to you and all the beautiful artists sharing in this transformation.

LindaKay said...

What an inspiring post you have! I loved the video clip and your words that we, as artist, are the ones who will help bring about change. Just pick up a paintbrush and share our visions with the world. I love that mission.

~hali said...

*this* is why i love, support and work with you.

tink-ink said...

So very true it brings tears to my eyes. It's easy to think to yourself (or to others) that as an artist, we aren't making any kind of difference in the world just because we are doing what we love when that's actually backwards. It's BECAUSE we are doing what we love that we make a difference.

Christine Graziano Miner said...

Oh yes! With my whole heart!

jane louise said...

"if each of us carry this in our hearts we have no idea of what we can do"
we are making a new dream together

Blooming Soul Arts said...

that was both inspiring and beautiful...thank you for that wonderful are amazing.

laurie said...

just reading this post makes me breathe easier and feel more positive. i have been so stressed out about the election tomorrow. thank you for redirecting my focus onto what is really important.

sperlygirl said...

wow...that was a dose of powerful positive medicine today (or any day). grazie connie! xx

Elisa Choi said...

Thank you Connie! I am an Artist and I mean it! May we all create with much love and allow it to spread onto others! :)

freecreate said...


love love love it. mwaaaaaaah

Gutsy Arts Girl said...

SO powerful..creating the world we dream about. I so appreciate your article. Blessings.

Venus Blues Hideaway said...


I found your blog through the mixed media site and have to tell you that I find it very inspirational. Thank you.

I have become a follower so that I can pop in often.


Cathe P. said...

It did it again. I type my comment and get thrown out. Good thing I Love You so much.
I finally gave up awhile back and you have a letter on the way.
I can not hear the Grace Lee Boggs video. I don't have any other problems.
Hugs to the family. Especially one from me to you.
Looking forward to January.
Love, Cathe

rlm studios said...

yes yes yes! the world is waiting for my new dream! ox


Claudia and Sergio Olivos said...

Oh YES!!

As an artist married to an artist, daughter to an artist- I say oh yes! You are so correct: We too know first hand that the old ways of teaching Art--selling Art--and the purpose of Art are collapsing as well.
So glad to be here at this moment of time! So glad to be on the journey together!!

oodles of love & light,
Claudia Olivos (& Sergio too!)

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