I've been working for the last year with a lovely art business coach, Martha Zlator of ArtMatch. I have learned so much about myself and why I do art. When you know your "why" you can move onto... surrendering...?
There are those who pass by my work without a second glance, and I'm very comfortable with that. I know the reverse can be true when I see things that are "not my style". Not everyone who comes by my studio will be a fan. But, for those who are fascinated by pointillism and its textures, it can be a joyous experience to see them up close and personal... and play with the near and far views.
I have an understanding for the "feel" for what surrendering is and am starting to get comfortable with it with regards to making and selling art, but I haven't been able to really articulate what is actually "is" or "isn't" to share it with others.
Then I ran across these words in "How To Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living" by Rob Bell. He's talking here about our gifts we give the world (and you don't have to be giving the gifts of art to appreciate this)...
"You cannot control how people are going to respond to you and your work in the world.
Surrendering the outcomes does not mean that we don't care or we aren't emotionally involved or we are indifferent to the results. We want to connect with people and move them and inspire them...
...Surrendering the outcomes is not surrendering goals or plans or dreams or numbers or results or ambition.
Surrendering the outcomes is making peace with our lack of control over how people respond to us and our work.
Surrendering the outcomes is coming to terms with the freedom people have to react to us and our work however they want.
Surrendering the outcomes is embracing the fact that there are no guarantees when it comes to results....
...We surrender the outcomes so that the gift we give [the world] will be given freely."
...The joy comes from being fully present in this moment. The reward is in throwing yourself into it right here and now.
I wonder if the act of surrendering could be considered a passionate act? If you give so freely of yourself, you are giving everything. It is the ultimate "yes".
What is your gift to the world? And, can you surrender it?