I've been compelled to begin an undertaking of this type for a good long time. Although I've always been drawn to making art, I haven't always allowed myself to be a fully-realized artist. This is difficult to explain so I'll try to make it as concise as possible: I was born into a family that loved me but didn't understand how to nurture my unique gifts as a creative being. As I grew into an adult, I carried the conflict forward in myself as I struggled for my true identity. When I began this site, I felt an imperative need to create a strong identity for That Art Girl. I couldn’t figure out why it was so crucial for me to find her voice but I had a pervasive feeling that wouldn’t leave me. The good news is although the feeling was uncomfortable, It didn’t stop me from moving forward with my creative plans. Thankfully, that seems to be my M.O. these days: feel the fear, sniff the Valor oil and do it anyway. Full speed ahead. A professional designer had my sketch in her capable hands and I was awaiting her interpretation of my hand-drawn logo. In the meantime, I sat down to lunch with my friend who happens to be a certified Professional Coach. These are the benefits I can enjoy from a near 30-year-friendship. She was ready to depart after the 1.5 hour mark but I wasn’t about to let her go. We talked about a million things during our time together. When she asked me to list the core values of That Art Girl, I gave a convoluted answer in the form of a story, which basically evaded her query. The next morning I attempted to answer her question in my journal. I came up with a solid list of Core Values for That Art Girl. Her question prompted a sense of clarity within myself. The exercise helped me to realize That Art Girl represents my inner child/artist. She is a young girl whose gifts were neglected by the adults trusted with her care. When I became an adult myself, I mindlessly followed suit and treated her in the exact same fashion. It’s important to me that I can go back for her and make things right by re-establishing her identity as part of the recovery process. I'm better equipped to do that now and that's the least I can do for what I consider to be the best part of me.
So here is the list of Core Values for That Art Girl. She is:
I also want to include the word vitality here. She has a lust for life. Gusto, moxie.
The adult in me, through education and life experience has developed a real appreciation for That Art Girl’s gifts. Together we can help other people get in touch with their creativity, be it slumbering or in full flow. It’s a worthwhile rescue mission that we can undertake as a team.
Glad you're here.