Free Falling

$1,888.00

16 x 20

This painting was inspired by a dream.

I entered into a competition. I felt rather out of place and intimidated, it was a music competition. Each competitor had to pick one song (an original or a cover) and whoever performed it the best won. I chose Free Falling by John Mayer. (Retrospectively, I believe this choice of song was a pun by my psyche to show me how to let go and trust my path.) I spent hours trying to memorize the words, play it on guitar, and appear as if I had a chance against my peers who oozed natural musical ability. Then an idea sparked. I thought to myself, "now why would I spend hours trying to prove I am a mediocre singer, when I could just be an exceptional painter?" It was just before the performance and I manifested a canvas, easel, and paints, and instead of playing the song myself, I had it played through the big speakers. I took to the stage and as the song began to play, I channeled the rhythm and emotion of the song and rather than replicating it with my voice, I showed the curious audience how I felt through color. There were beautiful teal blues and perl pinks that seemed to fall down the canvas, and undertones of deep emerald green and yellow. This was the energy of the song. Then above that I quickly created a black portrait of John Mayer as he sang. And as I painted in the dream, it didn't matter anymore if I would be ridiculed for being different, I was proud to take the opportunity to be exceptional for what I COULD do rather than dismiss myself for what I couldn't.

I woke up at 4am, threw on my smock, and got to work, the dream fresh in my mind. I listened to Mayer's Free Falling and smiled as I painted, realizing the message of the dream not only applied to me, but everyone struggling to express their creativity. After all, it doesn't matter if you are a painter, a musician, a baker, a crafter, a parent, an ice-skater, or a world class hedge trimmer, everyone is exceptional at something. Imagine how different the world would be if everyone owned the areas where they are truly exceptional and committed themselves to it 100%. No judgement, no competition, no thinking their talent isn't an acceptable form of creativity, putting that all aside and just creating. The world would be a happier place, I can tell you that much.

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