Friday, May 10, 2013

what do you want

What do you want?
A question that has been asked as far back as I can remember.
What do you want for dinner?
For lunch?
What do you want from me?
What do you want to play?

new life for an old canvas

What do you want....
to do?

My answers have been pretty straightforward...
good food
a sandwich on home made bread and some chips
to be loved
anything fun and in the sun, next to the water.

Then the last one.
What do you want....
To DO?

I am stumped.
If it was all open to me and readily available,
what do I really, really REALLY want to do?

layers and layers and layers of paint and paper, ink and color

If I could pick and choose?

I have had the fun thoughts:
travel the world
live on the beach
hit every flea market in Europe
sing back up for a huge singer 
(I can't do harmony worth beans, I just want to be on an enormous stage)

free motion stiching

Then the more subdued thoughts:
live a boring life
to be able to make sure my child will never be sick again
have more energy
to get the stupid to do list done-forever

Then the whisper comes again-
"No. Really. What do you want to do?"

"what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
               ~mary oliver

It's getting a little more clear as time goes on.

It's centered around
living with my hands open

Sure, I'd like to be featured in a gallery, or have my art on pillows.

But what makes my heart race and gets me going is...
 Sharing the message behind my art. 
 To women in particular.
To share the art making process and help unlock the answer to that age old question.

the half way point...it's becoming clearer

  What do I want?
To do?
I would like to share this with the women who are facing a time in their life where they are unsure. Maybe the future is looking a little bleak. They don't know how to express their longings, their heart song.
Women with too much change going on, not enough change, women who feel 30, but the face in the mirror says they are (a little) past that age.

Things I have experienced- am experiencing and learning...
Speaking Truth, even though our voices shake.
Working through the hard stuff.
Loving with everything I have. And then some.
Being enough.
Becoming brave.
Giving myself permission to put what I am learning on the canvas until I have exhausted the learning process.

Then start again with something new.

There is a lot swirling in my head that will help me do just this.
As always, I am more than impatient to get it going. But man. It takes time and intention. Which is better in the long run. Especially when you couple that with fun.

It's pretty amazing to me that the learning process never ends.
So, keep checking back.
Maybe we can learn something together!


  1. Great words for each of us to sit back and do some soul searching over.

    Lynn you are gifted in so many ways, thank you for sharing your heart and words with those who need that extra whisper!

    Happy Mother's day to you

  2. This is absolutely stunning Lynn!! What a beautiful gift that you are blessed with! The colors are extraordinary, I can't wait to see it when it's complete.
    So glad to have met you through Kate's blog and I just adore yours!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Alabaster Rose Lifestyle
    Inspiration Vintage Magazine

  3. I love your openness, Lynn...open to what life offers, open to love and learning, open to growth...I am one of those women who learns from and is so inspired by you!

  4. Lynn ~ such a lovely post! You have so much to share...your work (this piece is delightfully colorful & gorgeous!), your words, your teaching, and all that is to come.
    Hope you enjoy a special Mother's Day!
    xo A

  5. This is one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) posts you have ever written. I nodded my way through it as such similar thoughts raced to my head but would never have come out on paper the way yours did.

    And that Mary Oliver quote is one of my daughter's very favorites.

  6. Well my friend I have to tell you I just love this post. And what a wonderful question. What do I want to do! Now you got me thinking.

    Your Art here is fabulous.

    Hope you have an amazing Mothers day!


  7. Lynn that is a beautiful piece of art and a wonderful piece of advice too. I hope you have a great week. Thanks for signing up to follow my blog too. :)


  8. Ah yes, "what to do"....your thought journey on this is wonderful! And your art as always shows a soul felt expression. I'd say you have followed your heart and it has always led you to know exactly "what to do". Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

    Hugs and purrs,

    "her" and Romeo