illustration friday – phobia

Sep 23, 2006 | Life in Progress

“What I emphasize is for people to make choices based not on fear, but on what really gives them a sense of fulfillment.” – Pauline Rose Chance

mixed media on stretched gallery canvas
available here. update –> {sold}

there was a time in my life when i made decisions based on fear all of the time. i would choose what felt comfortable, what wouldn’t sting. what would bring money. what would bring the less amount of change. what would be easy. but now, as i get older and more comfortable with myself, and i know for sure what i want and what i don’t want, i make more and more decisions that aren’t centered from fear. it’s quite exhilarating and liberating when i know i’m making a decision deeply rooted in hope and faith. it feels like i’m going against the grain, against the masses, and more towards my hopes, my dreams, my self. i hope this stays for awhile, this newfound sense of decision making. some days are better than others, of course. but i’m learning. and that’s what matters.

more illustrations over here, at illustration friday.

PS – it happened again. i woke myself in the middle of the nite laughing my head off while i was dreaming. john said i had been laughing awhile. i was dreaming that i was trying on different people’s facial features. at the moment i woke myself up, i was trying on dimples that belonged to one of the Baldwin brothers (not sure which one or even if any of them actually have dimples). how silly is that?

Sending much love,

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  1. Anonymous

    When I see your work, Kelly, I see freedom, happiness, delight, hope, fun. It's good to see that. I do not personally have that. I have fear and being alone. I hope to some day be where you are.

  2. Kimi

    I love, love, love your artwork and your blog. So inspiring!

  3. marry

    Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!

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  5. robinart

    u have nice work.I like u style!

  6. Бистра

    i do like the illo and the story as well
    it’s very good for you to be fearless, i know what you’re talking about

    wishing you all the best, take care!

  7. Kosmoswolf

    Wow, thats great! good job.

  8. creative kismet

    She’s gorgeous. Wonderful take on the topic!qkmq

  9. irisz

    beautiful indeed!

  10. karen

    I love that illustration, Kel. I’m trying to embrace fearlessness now too! Moving forward with my life and trying to make decisions that will help that life I dream of unfold. And it’s working.
    I don’t wake myself laughing though! Except last week when I had a cold, I snored so loud it woke both me and Ralph up and made us both laugh.

  11. Laini Taylor

    Gorgeous painting, Kelly! Love it! (And Baldwin dimples? That’s CRAZY.)

  12. Ouissi Gresty

    This is beautiful…I love the bird & the wings…very serene!

    Ouissi x

  13. John

    Excellent quote and commentary. Truly this is the realization of adulthood. ps: your website looks very well done!

  14. Alina Chau

    beautiful elegant!!

  15. Teresa

    Kelly this is one of your best pieces. I may just have to buy one of these prints too! Soon I will have a whole wall of Kelly. 🙂
    By the way…your website looks fantastic, great job!


  16. murphy girl

    bravo, this is stunning, and your push to forward without fear is inspiring! thanks!

  17. the enigma

    beautiful work.

  18. Mommie

    I just love it too!!

  19. Diane Duda

    I can’t imagine totally fearless living…but it sounds like it’s working wonders for you. How nice to wake up laughing!
    Beautiful piece of art.

  20. Lady Guedes

    Beautiful and powerfull.

  21. Alexandra S

    This is my favorite piece of yours yet! Definitely getting a print when my $ is back in order-simply beautiful Kelly!

  22. RonniHall

    great art…I love what you wrote and really relate. We are all so filled with fear nowadays, so hard to follow your heart.

  23. Stephanie

    This one is my favorite so far. The message rings true for me as well. I don’t think I could have resisted purchasing this one, but it looks like someone saw the beauty first. I started keeping a private dream journal over a year ago. Dreams are truely amazing. I actually had a dream with you in it a few days ago. We were bridesmaids and you were wearing this hot pink dress and you came running up to the bride. You were amazingly happy. The dream morphed and you actually became the bride.

  24. Sulea

    hi Kelly,

    how gorgeous is this? i so love this and your interpretation of the theme. :o)


  25. melba

    Watching your art, your site, and you blossom is such an inspiring gift!

  26. the heartful blogger

    This is gorgeous. And you’re very courageous not to be scared of dreaming of the Baldwin Brothers’ dimples.

  27. Wee Cottage

    What a great painting. Fearless is the way to be. Too bad most of us aren’t. Lovely textures and a wonderful feeling to the painting.

  28. Whatsername

    I think that dreaming thing is interesting…I wish I had that ability! Fear is sticky business and difficult to overcome for me. Fear of heights? No. Sometimes you can’t make yourself learn any faster than you are! Even if you know something in your heart!

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  30. Musawwir

    Do you know what a Sufi Dervish is? They have a saying, “Comfort is the enemy of the Dervish.” To stay comfortable actually means you are going backwards. Good for you for going forwards.


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