Natasha's Art Manifesto
We say words have consequences. Many perceive an underlying meaning to that phrase because they believe that there is energy in everything, and that positive or negative statements create a positive or negative energy capable of attaching itself to a person, space or object. Some believe human thoughts have the same affect.
I, personally, agree with all the above, but I also feel that images are much more powerful than both our thoughts as well as the statements we say out loud. I empower myself with my art and in turn I try to charge my art with the positive energy I feel. I don't pretend to have any special powers. I don't have faith in 90% of esoteric mumbo jumbo. I search for my own path and only adopt the beliefs that make sense to me.
I know there is a higher power that helps us, because it has helped me on more than one occasion. I credit this power (God, celestial energy, cosmic force or whatever else you might want to call it) as the one who has given me my artistic talent and I feel obliged to make the most out of what I was given. I do my best to make people happy with my art. I don't do it because of some completely altruistic motives. I'm human therefore I need to feel appreciated. The truth is that seeing others happy because they enjoy and appreciate my art makes me happy, and gives meaning to my life. Furthermore, I choose to accept that you will eventually get back what you give away. A giant quit pro quo with the Universe.
I'm simple in my expectations. I never feel like an under-appreciated genius. As of lately there are less and less people who have an opportunity to do what they love in life. I feel blessed because I got my opportunity. I'm doing what I knew I would since I was a little girl. I'm thankful to the higher power that guides me through life and to all the people who buy my art and tell me how much they enjoy my creations. I have a purpose in life and I know how rare and truly precious it is. I don't have to search for a purpose. My art is my purpose.
"The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work."
"A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews."