Paula Madonna is someone who I “met” last year in one of my online classes. Immediately I noticed her natural gift and inherent expression that allows her work to feel fluid and free. She did not fear bold color or rich movement, and was willing to try everything, to explore the simple photography and flower essences, to process and intuitive art-making.
Whats been so wonderful about this and that since after the class was complete, Paula continued to work and grow deeper into her own language and voice. She took the techniques and ran with it, but distinctly made it her own. Paula and I began working together through my mentoring program and from that, she began to explore new means for sharing her work. Her children had all left her nest, so this was a perfect time (its never too late, BTW) to tap into what she knew was meant to be hers, to live her life as a working artist. This is why taking the time to learn is of so much value, it is making space for yourself. Now you may be able to understand why past students can get so giddy after taking a class — they are opening up new worlds for themselves.
Having a passion about painting is not always an easy thing, but it can be so dang addictive in the best sense and reveal to us in a visual and crafted format, what beauty we hold within ourselves to be dear. Paula’s new beginnings paid off, as one of her paintings was featured in Spirituality & Health magazine, and her work is starting to be shown and collected in select galleries and art boutiques.
I am so proud of this dear soul! I also love her work, adore it. It speaks deep knowing to me. So, my point is two-fold: its never too late, ever, and that each one of you, has your own magic that is longing to be uncovered. No two are alike. We can all dance in that and honor one another’s unique expression. Lets celebrate in the vastness that is available to us in this way. We each creating our own dream, through sacred marks and solving our own visual puzzles. How delightful.
15 thoughts on “Everyone is an artist, everyone has their own magic.”
How sweet! Thanks for sharing this work. Its beautiful and clear.
Oh my! I stumbled upon this blog checking out the squam vendors and am so pleased to have stopped by here! Thanks for sharing these lovely pieces of art.
Beautiful post I am officially inspired!!! XO
Thank you for sharing this. Paula’s work is stunning!
I love these paintings. They are so beautiful. What medium are the paintings in?
Rosalina — India ink, resin, paper… maybe some acrylics and pens too! Mixed media goodness.
Alena, I love your philosophy–how true it is never too late. Thank you for sharing Paula’s art.
Beautiful work. Beautiful writing.
Inspiring! I love Paula’s work. I just ordered some India inks… I loved working with them at Squam. Serendipity that I landed in your class.
ciao Alena e Mindi! ho visitato il vostro blog e mi sento in paradiso. Foto ispirate, parole di speranza. Per non parlare della vostra tecnica che mi piace moltissimo.
WOw! purrfect last words!!!
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I loved this post, thank you! Especially the “it’s never too late”! I’m painting all the time, it’s not great, but omg it makes me feel better! Health issues kind of keep me from doing too much right now, but I have this dream that I can’t ignore. I’ve been worrying about how old I’ll be when I finally feel well enough to really start, but I am trying to let that go. One day, I’ll have enough energy (and money, lol) to start taking some classes, and yours is at the top of my list.
thank you for inspiring me, it helps so much ♥