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  • Shabnam Miller

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

To my son, the musician.


To create a work of art, one must create from a place of pure authenticity.

To find the place of pure inner authenticity, one must let go of the outcome and submerge oneself into the process.


Only the process is of utmost importance, everything else will follow naturally.


The artist embraces and allows pain. Pain is outside of your comfort zone, but it's also inside your comfort zone.

Your only choice as an artist is, whichever pain you decide to live with at the very moment.


The experience of an artist block is the result of holding on to fear. And it's not the fear of failure, it's fear of greatness. Art takes courage, get used to the pain.


Love

-Mom

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  • Shabnam Miller

Updated: Apr 24

I recently had a conversation with someone who said and thought, that I was lucky because I am a painter and I do what I love. The person thought, it was pure joy and bliss doing my art. Painting. A few years back when I was living in Austin Texas, I visited Alonso Rey in his studio on the East side. He invited me to view his current work in progress, which he was creating for a couple living in Westlake. It portrayed the man as a magician letting his wife float, with flying rabbits around them. We sat an contemplated about the painting. I asked him! I wanted to know what he feels while painting. Because I was confused about my own feelings, when I worked on a piece. He said: "Any Painter who says they love painting is lying. Painting is painful, it's work, it's about overcoming yourself over and over again. It's not as romantic for the painter as it is for people looking from the outside in." I looked at him and was relieved that my feelings were not abnormal. I was relieved, that there are other artists who feel the same I do. Pain'ting is pain. It's overcoming yourself. It's about refocusing. It's blessed but it's work. Pain'ting fulfills you, but it's not joy. It's facing yourself each and every time.



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