Growing up I got mixed messages about love. These messages were both good and bad, and probably true and false. Messages like, love is painful or unconditional, love conquers all, love others and they will love you, love makes dreams come true, love lasts forever, and love is all you need.
Over the years my art has taught me some different things about love. The most significant things are that love is intentional, and it requires practice, patience and commitment. When I first began drawing twelve years ago, drawing was a pastime. It took me 6 years to begin drawing pieces for other people, and another 5 years to start my business. Looking back, creating art for other people and starting my business took as long as it did, because I was not intentional about doing art. Drawing was purely a hobby. Creating art for others and running a business did not become reality, until I made the decision that I wanted to make my art available and affordable to the world.
What I am doing with art involves practice, patience and commitment. However, the more time and energy I pour into it, the more I fall in love with it. So remember this,
Loving involves commitment. We are not automatic lovers of self, others, world, [things] or God. Love does not just happen. We are not love machines, puppets on the strings of a deity called ‘love’. Love is a choice – not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others [things or situations] without pretense or guile…[i]
[i] Heyward, C. (1982). The Redemption of God: A Theology of Mutual Relation, Lanham, MD: University Press.