A little joy of mine about the Secret Message Society is seeing the colorful #secretmessage art show up in different member's Instagram feeds. Getting to see a piece of my heART in their environments and getting to see them embrace the message for themselves in their own powerful way. It makes it real, you know. All these people, many of which I've never met in real life, become more alive to me when I see these images. We all become more alive to each other.
And what's more are the words they share when they post the picture. Knowing that we are all in such different places, but that we have the connection of art and creativity as a tool of choice to help us live and enrich that living with great meaning.
This is what Shannon had to say:
Even though I put a zine out every month and have for the last 3 years, the blank pieces of paper still intimidate me. In fact, I began March's issue (available for order March 15) talking about this precise thing. And in all honesty, it's not just the first page. Because after the first page comes the second and after the second comes the third.
I am at odds with myself because while I complete a day and think "Why, I had so much content in my life I could have filled up the entire zine on this one day," the pages so often remain empty. Am I really afraid I'm going to fill the whole zine up and I need to save room? Or am I afraid my art isn't going to look as good on paper as it does in my mind and so I don't start? Or is there something else at play? I am sitting with this conundrum of having too much (life) while at the same time having too little (art). I am sitting with Shannon, staring at my blank pages and wondering, what can I do to ease the fear in me and give myself the delight of filling them? I feel like I get closer with each zine. Each zine fills a great purpose in the course of my expansion.
What is your next direction with your art? What fears are you facing, sitting with and/or pushing through? What gets you just one step closer to where you want to be as an artist? As I discovered in creating the current, February zine, you are going to need go YOUR own way. What is your true north right now?
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