I have had this blog since 2012 and that’s a long time. Unfortunately I have not kept it as up to date as I would like. Life and stuff seems to get in the way. When I think back, a tremendous amount of things have happened in my life since 2012, some wonderful and some heartbreaking. I’ve lost loved ones, rejoiced over new grandbabies, and moved back and forth across the country several times. I feel another big life shift coming my way, which seems to draw me back to the keyboard and back to writing about those experiences.
Recently I have been thinking about the masks people wear and why they put them on. I have had the misfortune to work with some people who pretend to be one thing, hiding behind their masked wearing selves imagining that, that is their authentic self. In reality what lies behind the mask is dark, angry, afraid, and desperately trying to pretend they are something they are not.
Maya Angelo once said,
“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
I believe that what lies beneath these folks masks are their authentic selves and this time; the first time, I see you and I have no room for you in my life.
As I was petting my beloved Elj one day I thought about how animals do not seem to wear masks or pretend to be something other than who they really are. Later I ran onto an article that had some amazing artwork by Sandra Dieckmann. I do not know Sandra but her artwork spoke to what I was thinking and feeling so much so that I decided to recreate a set for myself using a new media I had been playing with, wood burning. I drew her images on wood, burned them, and then applied watercolor. I have to say I love them and they were fun to create (they are not for sale as I did not create the originals). I will share them with you (sorry not the best photos) I hope you enjoy them as much as I have been enjoying them.
If you are wearing a mask ask yourself why? If the answer is because you feel different or weird and you are afraid that the world will judge you – I say rip the mask off and let your true self shine, if someone doesn’t like you tell them to frack off because you don’t need that in your life. If you are wearing a mask to hide who you really are because at your core you are mean and cruel don’t fool yourself we see you
Till next time craft on.