I am writing from Denver, Colorado this morning. Of course I am up way early because it is east coast time. I am writing to share with you the chapter of the week on Desire from our journey through the Joy Diet.
On my way out to Denver on the plane- I read The Rolling Stones Magazine's Tribute to Michael Jackson. I was surprised to learn that after Jacko's Off the Wall LP, Michael had a strong desire to get a Grammy award because he felt that the work on the album was superb. He did not get but one Grammy and he was extremely disappointed. So he set out to do an album of all albums. The next album he thought will win everything and be the best album of all time. Well it turns out Thriller did just that. But what was next? Did he ever get to the now what?
After reading this chapter, I began to think about my life and my true desires. I found that I have already in some cases found my true desires. I am now working part time as a doll and mixed media artist and full time as an interior decorator. So obviously I am in two creative fields. This came about through acting upon my strong desires about 6 years ago and developing a plan of action to get there.
So after thinking about that, I paused again and started thinking- "now that I have accomplished what I want to do, what is my desire NOW?" So after some meditation I began to think about what is coming up as my strongest desire.
Here it is: one of the things as a doll artist I encounter most often is the feeling that dolls are somehow considered voodoo. People in particular look at my art dolls, the ones with the wild hair that in my opinion really speak to an artistic statement, and say "are your dolls voodoo dolls?" Then I want to shake them and give them a history of what art dolls are and what they are all about.
This led me to think about putting together some sort of education program in my community. I am considering a video, forum, book or some other venue to educate the public about what art dolls are and what they are not. This desire keeps coming up in me and I feel like I have to in some way act on it.
This may seem trite and maybe not too deep for some folks, but the desire to act and to educate the public about the importance of art dolls as a true art form is very important to me.
I am writing notes and getting inspiration from various sources on this subject. I am also looking for any thoughts my blogg readers may have in getting this information.
As I read through the chapter I have decided to put together an outline or plan of action based on the recommendations. I am hoping to see some results shortly.
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.