On my Instagram art page, I follow hundreds of artists and also have the honor of being followed by hundreds of artists in turn. The comments are so encouraging from the artist community and I have been uplifted by the support when I post a first sketch or a new painting.
Along with the artists’ pages, I also began following #grayhairmovement about four months ago when I, myself, decided to let my hair transition to its natural gray. Or as it is often called, and rightly so, silver. Gray hair has a bad reputation: as being lifeless and drab, or dry and course. I have found that it is none of those things. It is sparkly and reflects the light. It is smooth and soft. And I love my silver hair! I also love these words many use to describe #silversisters: courageous and authentic.
Those very same words can be used to describe anyone, I believe, who reveal their vulnerable side whether it be as an artist, musician, singer, or sculptor. You name it, if you have to create anything at all, it takes a certain amount of courage to be authentic and to show that to the world.
These words courage and authenticity, to me, are interchangeable with following my vision to share my pastel paintings and to stop coloring my hair and embracing my silver. It takes that and more to bare your soul and your spirit, and rely on your “feeling” that it will all be okay.
And for me, what is the end result of all this courage and authenticity? Freedom. Freedom to be myself. Perhaps cliché, but from the first silver hair to the very last stroke of color added to my pastel painting, there is a tremendous sense of freedom in showing the real me.