Find Your Passion
Live With Purpose
Prosper in Peace
This message speaks to me so much so that this is maybe the third painting I have written this message on and I think there will probably be many more.
So many people share their dreams with me and often I can kind of sense if its about the money or about the passion. I don't think being about the money is wrong as we all need money to survive out here - however, I do believe that finding what you are passionate about and being purposeful about it can make life so much more alive. I can't count the number of times I have been tired, really tired, or stressed about something, just before a painting party is about to happen. But miraculously everytime, once I see all the people ready to paint, and i begin painting, It's like a breath of fresh air blows on me, its as if all of the stress and the outside world melts away. I think to myself, I can't believe this is my profession." But it was not that easy to choose. I really had to do some soul searching (of course this was some years ago) but I still remember the agony of deciding to say yes with all of the "starving artist" uncertainty before me. Well, this little painting is such a great reflection of how I feel now. Passionate, purposeful and oh so at peace!
I believe anyone can do it. You can do it, it's scary - but YOU gotta jump!
For years I've been thinking about the sermon where the monk held up the flower. Hanh??? I've pondered it over and over in my head and still could not come up with an answer. It was totally and completely lost on me. Until one day, as I sat looking at a flower, admiring its beauty and majesty, it hit me (literally like a ton of bricks) that flowers don't "do" anything other than "flower." That's deep right! I knoooow. I felt as if God was telling me- "Myesha, there it is- all you have to do is flower." And so it is, I've been walking around with these images and desires to create little paintings and art that speaks to this, especially to my sisters. There is no need to prove, to go above and beyond what God has called. The only thing we HAVE to do is Bloom! Grow- Blossom - Live
I can hardly believe its been 5 years already since we first opened the doors of M. Francis Gallery - If only i knew then what i know now! :) As i look back,I'm amazed by alllll of the wonderful things that have happened (both good and bad) I guess now- i really can count them all joy as i see how they all fit into the puzzle. As I sat and really thought about it, i began to relive the quasi-agony/ joy-pain/ "what the heck am I doing" first year. So much happened, just six months after opening in the upper 9th ward, we moved to Julia St. That whole move was inspired by my dad. i will never forget his words. As i sat and contemplated it and thought of all of the things that could go wrong- he simply said "If you jump in that water, I will jump behind you- but YOU have to jump." Oh wow! So glad I jumped! Clearly I didn't really know how deep the water was, or how many "things" were in the water and how at times I had to tread for dear life just to keep my head above the water. And sure I could go on and on about the agonizing times but i choose, i really really choose to focus on the grace and abundance that the creator has shown me. The painting i created to commemorate this moment speaks to that.
This painting symbolizes it all. From the moment more than 10 years ago when i first heard a voice say to me "your painting on six inch nails while I have six foot canvases waiting for you", to the moment I responded in my soul with a quiet "yes" to the call, to watching the creator paint a picture of what could be ( I still have some of the vision in my mind) to running all over this city doing it, to finally feeling some semblance of calm about the entire thing. I created this piece to remind me, to inspire anyone who is on this walk of passion and purpose that whenever we "surrender" our will and go- the creator will show us all AMAZING GRACE...
Well, the time has come and I'll be spending one glorious weekend in my old stomping ground -Dallas, TX. It was in Dallas (2001), as I was sitting in Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church that I heard a voice say to me- "You are painting on 6 inch nails and I have 6 ft. canvases waiting for you." The voice was silent but I looked around as if someone had said something to me out loud. The VERY NEXT semester I enrolled in art school and ...well...all of this has happened. Since opening almost 5 years ago, I've always wanted to do another art show in Dallas but it has never been the right time or one thing or the other. I guess the wait was worthwhile because now we're doing a paint party too!!!!!!!!!! ...Can you tell I'm excited!!!!! I share the message in this blog as inspiration because truly it's just faith- we just have to tap into it (continually) and express it. Speaking of which- here is a picture I just shared on my instagram page (follow me @mfrancisgallery) of one of the most beautiful gifts a friend gave to me today over lunch- a napkin full of mustard seeds.
I am sooooooo excited to bring this short clip to you. Soon, we'll be releasing FREE Fun Online videos for you to enjoy! - Myesha
This weekend, I learned two very powerful quotes. The first quote came to me by way of Diera, she's visiting from out of town and decided to take an art session. She showed me a pic of ballet slippers online and I quickly sketched her painting on canvas. I thought it would be great to add a quote to some of the negative background space. She already had one in mind. This young girl blew me away when she said she wanted to use the quote "Dance is like dreaming with your feet." I love everything about the quote as it implies a deep sort of presence, a sort of knowing and awareness. It also implies a lighthearted dream - real passion behind whatever it is that we love. In her case, it truly is dance as I watched her leap around the gallery. Very cool!
The second quote was posted by The Melanated Writers Collective on Twitter. It simply read "Don't be a writer- Be writing." Oh how I love that quote as it reminds us daily to Just Do It! I can put a spin on that quote so many ways in relation to art. Here are a few I came up with...
"Don't be a Painter - Be painting.
"Don't be a creative person- Be Creating"
"Don't be an artist- Be arting" (LOL that one is corny - but I love the idea)
It's Mondaaaaayyyy!!!! One of my refresh and recharge days. These pics are from this weekend which was our first outdoor paint party. This party was simply lovely and the owner was definitely the "hostess with the mostest!" I have to tell yall about this fabulous bed and breakfast located just outside of New Orleans. The owner's name is Lorrie and she is a member of the book club you see painting here. You can book receptions, weddings and of course Painting Parties with M. Francis Gallery (wink wink). I'm already dreaming up things to do here at this little get away. Enjoy!