June 2013 Newsletter

June 2013 Newsletter

Christina by Sheila Dunn_detail

Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.

-Joseph Campbell
Nude in Blue II by Sheila Dunn_detail

I am writing this from my childhood home in Colorado. Greg Brown is playing in the background and my mom is watering the tomotoes as my dad unpacks the car.


Meanwhile I am taking a few moments in front of the computer to ensure my June 2013 Newsletter is actually released before July makes her entrance tomorrow.


I have spent the past two weeks traveling to the corners of Colorado, listening to bluegrass in Telluride, wedding vows in Grand Lake and countless old stories around various kitchen tables.


As I sit now, sipping a glass of Tempranillo, I reflect on how much has changed in my life – and my art – since I left my hometown.


Exactly two years ago, I sent my first Sheila Dunn Art Newsletter from still new-ish home in Bend, Oregon. In it I proclaimed that:


I’m going to get serious about this art thing…I am going to follow this painting path without fear (okay, okay, maybe just a little) and see what doors may open.


And after many hours in the painting studio – working to find my artistic voice admist other doubting voices in my head – I can say that doors are beginning to open for me in a pretty astounding way. And it feels REALLY. DAMN. GOOD.


All these years later, Joseph Campbell’s words still ring true. It’s so important to follow your bliss, even when it feels scary and unrewarding. But if you do, doors will indeed open before you.


The important part is having the courage to knock.