Only You can be You

To this day, no one has come up with a set of rules for originality. There aren’t any.

~ Les Paul

Last weekend I went up to Fort Collins to visit friends and family. While there we went to their Center of Discovery and had a lot of fun. I saw the Les Paul quote above there and it really jumped out at me. It’s a simple yet powerful reminder for all of us who dabble in the world of art and creativity.

In the sprawling landscape of imagination, there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ path, no neatly laid out highway to being original. And isn’t that liberating! The canvas of creativity is vast and unbounded, ready for us to leave our unique imprints.

  • This week’s artist is – Teresa Oaxaca – who I ran across while reading this article about using charcoal drawing as a break from other art-making processes. I liked the article and was intrigued by the portrait of the artist in her “elaborate costume”. After looking through her website, watching some of her videos, perusing instagram, checking out her textile store, and generally learning more about her, I figured that she’d be a great artist to share with you. If nothing else, I’d say that she’s learned to be originally herself!

Sometimes, in the midst of exploring new ideas and techniques, we might stumble upon that little voice that whispers, “Are you sure you’re doing this right?” In those moments, remember Les Paul’s wisdom: there are not fixed rules. Your art is as unique as your fingerprint, and that’s the beauty of it.

Experiment with gusto! Splash a bit of unexpected color here, scratch off a little layer there. Who knows? The next wonderful masterpiece could be just a stroke away. So pick up your tools and dive headlong into the wonderful chaos of creation.

After all, originality is the wildest and most beautiful form of artful rebellion. And the world needs you and your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew