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30" x 30", Oil and Mixed-Media on Canvas, Copyright Rebecca Schweiger This image may not be duplicated, copied or used without permission of the artist.

"I dwell in possibility..." - Emily Dickinson

I've always been a huge advocate of working on many paintings at once, and I encourage everyone to do the same. When I work only on one lone painting, all of my focused energy pours into that "one and only" piece. The canvas becomes precious, too precious... WAY too annoyingly precious! Any change or unexpected shift on this "one" canvas sends my heart fluttering with anxiety and panic. Love turns into obsession, focus turns into frenzy. With the "one and only" canvas, I am controlling, demanding, and out of touch with life's true possibilities.

On the flip side, when I create a variety of paintings at once on multiple canvas, there exists a flowing dance of inspiration that moves straight from my soul and right through my paintbrushes. The variety of life chapters within me, asking to be expressed, become like a family of hummingbirds freely pollinating plethoras of blossoms in the lush jungle. The possibilities truly become infinite.   If I'm not feeling a connection to one work of art, I have many others at my fingertips, begging for love, attention and frolicking. I am splattered with florescent colors from head to toe,  I am singing to the music that serenades my artistic ballet, and I feel a life force within me that I can only call magical.  As my creative process unfolds, I have a family of rich, authentic canvases, each expressing a tender piece of my heART that live to be shared. Each puzzle piece of my existence deserves its own canvas. And it won't all fit into a "one and only" 24" x 36" stretched and framed piece of cotton.

We are complex, multi-faceted human beings with inner-worlds that are intricate puzzle pieces with infinite possibilities, we are as deep as the oceans and as vast as the heavens. As heARTists, as living beings on earth, the need to express our unique essence is a longing that we all share. Whether by creating a painting on canvas, entering a new relationship, or engaging in a new project at work, the theory of "the one and only" is a tried and true dead-end road. With too much focus on only one possibility, one outcome and one finished product, we set sky-high expectations that will almost always lead to disappointment... A place, I gather, that most, if not all of us, would rather not visit any time soon.

Set yourself up for success. Whether you are a doctor, lawyer, parent, teacher, investment banker or budding artist, keep many canvases active in your life. Seek new doors to open, and keep them wide open,  on a regular basis. Discover a variety of possibilities, interests and inspirations to nourish every chapter within your unfolding life masterpiece.

Take the multi-canvas approach and experience how many possibilities in life there truly are. Dwell in possibility.

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15-May-2015 05:04 PM
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Emily Klima

Okay-you're awesome!!
15-May-2015 05:04 PM
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marteloman

Lots of wisdom here that you've eloquently shared with all of us. This goes to show how art and the creative endeavors to create it can benefit ones's overall outlook on life among many other great dividends. Here's to life in a multi-canvas, multi-dimensional way!
15-May-2015 05:04 PM
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Rebecca S

Thank you, Emily! You teach me so much constantly.
15-May-2015 05:04 PM
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Rebecca S

Thank you, Marteloman. I am grateful to share the truth of my heART!

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