Above is a painting I completed of a sand dollar while in Saint Andrews a couple weeks ago. Those that have been following me for a while know that usually my art work has a deeper message for me than just the image. While I worked on this, there are layers of journaling and meditating on value, self-worth, and abundance. After I finish I piece I often write a letter to myself from the perspective of the painting. They don't always flow perfectly or make sense at the time, often sound very "woo-ey", and I typically don't edit them-they are what they are. Here is the letter/message from this painting:
"Abundance-tighter you hold it the faster it turns ti sand and slips through your fingers.
Be free, be generous, but be smart. Have a goal and plan but don't make yourself sick trying to follow it. All will be well, money is in our head, society has built this construct and really it holds us back. Creating scarcity and a need to have enough rather than be enough.
Time is valuable, you are valuable, your knowledge is valuable. Share it in exchange.
Worry serves no purpose here, except to create illness.
Be free. Lay on the beach, let the water wash away and carry your worry. Sand dollars are beautiful, life is beautiful. Radiate beauty and plenty (but not wasteful) rather than lack.
Replace lack with beauty, bounty, You will get through this.
Abundance grows and stretches. Feel into it, live it. Abundance of possibility, experiences, love...support each other, lean on each other, hold each other."
I am currently struggling with value, self-worth and abundance, as I am sure many of us do. What I am working on right now is what is the value of the work I want to put forward in the world. Sharing my creations and coaching others to tap into their creative expression. I want to keep things accessible to all, but at the same time I want to be able to support myself and family with this.
I always have placed my work lower than others because I feel I am not good enough or ready to charge more, or if I charged more people would not accept my work or come to my creativity classes. This is basically how I run in day to day life to when it comes to how I present myself. I appear very quiet and reserved because I feel that what I have to say and my experiences are not worth sharing, or maybe could be seen as boasting. I am slowly beginning to step out of this belief but it is a struggle. This feeling of lacking is not very nice.
That being said I have been researching pricing originals, and creating prints of my art work and what strategies other artists use to price their work. To price my work too low would be a disservice to myself, you, and other artists who aim to make a living from their work. Art work should appreciate over time. A lot of time, thought, and materials goes into creating and that all needs to be taken into account.
So what I have decided to try is opening up a Society 6 store with a range of prints and accessories that can make my work accessible to different price points and raise the value of my originals to match the work that goes into them.
I feel silly writing this post, but it is my way of figuring out what it is that I am doing, exploring my worth and declaring it, as well as giving some insight to you about me. My hope is to share my journey with you as true as I can be and this is part of it.
If you are curious to see what prints are available here is the link to my Society 6 store
I would love to here your thoughts on self-worth and abundance. (in the comments or on facebook)
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.