Mirrors in the Soul.
[media-credit id=3 align="aligncenter" width="554"][/media-credit]You know, every now and then I read something that just sticks in my mind for a long time. Simple because it slightly changes the way I look at my surroundings. Seth Godin mentioned in one of his newsletters how people, who see someone wearing a similar outfit, wave at each other. How pregnant ladies feel a connection and wave at each other. He said that they are not actually waving at each other, but they are waving at themselves.
I imagined tiny little mirrors reflecting bits and pieces of myself, what I like and how I look into my surroundings. And whenever there’s a match, it lights up. So, of course I pondered even more and thought: Do we always seek for ourselves in others? With the word ‘seek’ I don’t mean like soul searching type of things or looking for the ‘real’ you in someone else. If you’re doing that, the last place you should look is someone else, as the real you is probably hiding within yourself right? Okay, that aside…I mean more like looking for instant familiarities. Sometimes it’s just a similar hair style, similar shoes or a similar bag. You glance and you smile, because it’s familiar.
They say first impression is made in five seconds right? So maybe it’s true, maybe in those few seconds that I glance at someone there’s recognition and I glance at myself. Well, smile, I won’t be waving out of the blue and scare them.
Let’s have a look at my art. Do I see myself when I paint my characters? I hear more often that people see pieces of me in my art and the majority of these people don’t even know me in person. I’ve been called a lot of Disney nicknames when I was growing up and people still make a reference to a cartoon when they see me. Now if only I had some superpowers…
Often artists mention that they struggle to find their own style; a style that whenever people see it, they know it’s from you. For me, this softness that I add in my drawings and that people recognize, this has always been there. I couldn’t draw harsh lines to save my life and when I had too, I just had to put in a lot more effort and it didn’t feel natural. The more I draw, the more I realize that you really have to stay true to yourself if you want to have a connection with your art. A genuine connection, as people do sense this whenever they look at your work. As a dreamer, I tend to make things prettier in my mind than it is in real life. I tend to create worlds that don’t exist. However to bring this all to life, I capture feelings, expressions and elements that I love to see and that I experienced in one way or the other. It really is a mix between reality and the dream world.
So in a way I do smile at myself when I create my own art. I do peek in the little mirrors that are reflecting memories, feelings and expressions. If I couldn’t recognize myself in my own work, if I couldn’t make a connection to it, I wouldn’t be painting with my entire being. It wouldn’t come from heart.
Tags: art, creativity, Disney, Mirror of the soul, mirrors, Pixar, seth godin, TJ Lubrano