THE LUCKY 13!
Braveheart, The Artist with the Pretty Mug
Secret mutant power:
Unlocking the chains surrounding my heart and soul to find the door underneath and feeling the world through colors.
Current art medium/creative endeavor I am exploring:
India ink and red diary-ing
A Secret Message I found in the last week:
“Yes, it’s very much like how when you are trying to look at the stars. Sometimes you see them more clearly when you unfocus or relax your eyes. When you look at them directly, you can’t see them as well. I don’t know if that makes any sense but you are learning to look for stars.” A dear sent this to me when we were blushing and talking about learning the anatomy of our bodies and how to love them.
A stranger I interacted with recently:
I generally bring my own coffee cup with me and the baristas have taken to calling me “the artist with the pretty mug.” This morning, the barista told me that her favorite part of mornings is seeing my coffee mug and me because it reminds her that there are still people who feel color.
A word that means a lot to me right now:
Permission. I’m currently taking the Blushing Wild ecourse and it’s all about giving myself permission to explore and find the things I have been too afraid to look for.
When I don’t feel like my art matters I tell myself:
I read Mary Oliver’s poem Wild Geese because it brings me back to my core as an artist. Someone who is free to let the soft animal of my body love what it loves.
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep tress,
the mountain and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are headed home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
I knew I was an artist when:
I noticed that I breathe easier when I am covered in ink drops and paint smears. I found the noise that had always been so loud in my head became quieter the more I immersed myself in art and color.
A rule I like to break:
I like to color outside of the lines. Even color outside of the paper. Colors running together and getting on skin and coffee cups soothes me.
This is what the Secret Message Society means to me:
This is my tribe. This is the place where I am accepted just as I am. Questions, doubts, fears- all of me is accepted.
Here is something I created that I want to share with you:
If we meet on the street we’ll know each other as undercover artists by:
ink splattered clothing and a faraway stare.
Brittany snorts when she laughs and she tends to listen to the same song constantly for a week before starting on a new one. She has one blue and one green eye that turn grey when it rains. She believes grey should always be spelled with an “e” never an “a.” She drives a blue pt cruiser named styx after the river in greek mythology not the band. She adores the look of lower case letters and the sibilant sound of subtle alliteration. She has many scars and she wants you to ask where they come from and she wants to know about yours. She believes we are called to be rescuers, to hold our palms over the gaping wounds of broken people. She believes eyes speak and hearts are made to be broken, but they learn to love again. She believes love should be bigger than intolerance and she trusts in the wonder of being barefoot. She believes children always talk to angels and adults have simply forgotten how, but she knows a child’s laugh can heal a broken heart. You can find her on Instagram.
Each month I am featuring one Secret Message Society Member, both in the Zine and on my blog. I want you to see some of the creative ways these artists think, explore, live. When you open the Zine to the middle you will see an enticing double page spread designed by the centerfold artist. There will be a companion post here on my blog where I ask them a Lucky 13 questions. Want to join our grassroots movement of artists who are actively collecting, creating and inviting Secret Messages into their life?! You can subscribe here and/or get more details.