Celebrate Chaos

I have written about Susan Cornelis before, because her work and her words are fresh, full of energy, and never fail to lift my spirits. Her blog is positive and encouraging. Her humor will have you giggling as you stop to admire the many journal pages and paintings she posts. Susan uses collage, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, ink, pencil, charcoal, and a variety of natural materials that she sprinkles here and there to seed her love of nature into her work. I find her sketches of the figure especially compelling: both the sketches themselves, and the way she describes them, help the model to come alive.

A recent post, called Control Chaos, is a typical example of Susan’s humor and honesty.

Control Chaos ~ by Susan Cornelis

As you can see, when you let the Muse in the door you must sometimes sacrifice your sophistication as your little girl self sneaks in as well.  It couldn’t be helped.

I consider it vital to follow your Muse, wherever it takes you. Susan doesn’t so much control the chaos as display ways that you can harness it and use it to your advantage. A quick glance at Susan’s gallery will assure you that she doesn’t always sacrifice her sophistication, but don’t you appreciate the fact that she is willing to showcase her little girl self? That little girl occasionally demands nurturing, but not everyone is brave enough, or adventurous enough, to make a reveal like this. It show Susan’s confidence and willingness to share.

Susan has a new book out, called Conversations with the Muse.

It is her “invitation to boldly step into the land of imagination and follow your own innate artistry.” Susan has effectively melded her life and art, and this book is a glowing testament to that union.  I invite you to travel with her ~ she is a teacher you can trust to facilitate the release of the the artist you know (or hope) you have inside. Her own work is a map.

You will learn to celebrate chaos, because it will provide the impetus to push you into territory you never dreamed you could go with your art.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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6 Responses to Celebrate Chaos

  1. Tammy Vitale says:

    Had to run over and put this up on my FB….what a lovely post to start this beautiful sunday!

  2. Wonderful blog post Carol! Very Very true that to journal is to know the inner workings of our own artistry. And..thanks for leading me to another artist of interest. You’re the best.

  3. Susan says:

    You’ve done it again Carol! “That’s it.” I think when I read your words. “That is what I meant to say.”
    You know since I did this Control Chaos piece, I’ve noticed that when I start to get anxious about some “grown up” concern, I remind myself of some little playful indulgence I’m looking forward to, and this extinguishes the anxiety almost immediately! Must be this little girl with the magic lollipop.

  4. carolwiebe says:

    My little inside girl can get quite peevish when she is not allowed to play ~ when I get overly concerned about doing something right, or trying to be impressive (for my imaginary panel of judges). Luckily, I have learned to just turn away and refuse to listen (the old fingers in the ears technique, while whistling or singing . . LOUDLY). It makes me laugh (both of us) and I can dance and skip my way through whatever I feel like doing.

    Susan, could you send me one of those magic lollipops, as well?

  5. carolwiebe says:

    Perhaps send one to Tammy and Chris also. Although Tammy’s husband could probably come up with some of his own, right Tammy?

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