Could flamingos wearing glasses be considered art? Would my silliness ever be taken seriously?
All I know is that working with a vibrant palette and breathing life into these critters brings me joy.
News flash: Joy IS deep. Joy IS an emotion. And joy certainly IS a part of us and our world. And flamingos wearing glasses totally provokes joy. ...I've seen it. Plus, why did I ever think that darkness equaled meaningfulness? Dumb.
And, I think we've all had just about enough of the dark stuff. And I'm not here to snuff out the darkness, or to overlook it, or to be passive and ignorant to it. On the contrary. I want to shine so much light on it that we see what a problem it really is. There's too much hate, violence, pain, fear, depression, anxiety, and division among us. We all desperately need to go on a Joy Crusade.
Ingrid states in her talk that when psychologists use the word joy, they mean an intense momentary experience of positive emotion.
The next best thing to creating my menagerie is watching people as they encounter my booth at a show. Usually one of two things happens.
It's at that moment I connect with that human. We've shared a positive moment together, and we're both appreciative of it. There are few things that make me feel better than this. Even if I don't sell anything, I feel privileged that I've brightened someone's day for even just a moment. To provoke joy into someone's life is a gift. To present something that brings respite from an otherwise heavy world is beyond awesome. My art, though at first glance seems silly and pointless, I believe now is anything but.
Ingrid informs us that color, in a primal way, is a sign of life, energy, and abundance and when introduced into otherwise stark environments such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and offices, can have a powerful positive effect.
Do I think by simply added color to our world, it will fix all of our problems? No, I don't. But I also don't think it could hurt. I'd like to challenge you to experiment with color in your life, be it doodling something cheery, buying a new piece art, spending time in a greenhouse, investing in throw pillows, or wearing a loud shirt. Who knows? Maybe you'll start your own Joy Crusade!