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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Joy, Part One: Do What You Love, Love What You Do

JOY!  I'm sorry for shouting, but that's a word that can't be whispered.  JOY! That's a word that can't help but be shouted out loud.  JOY puts that twinkle in your eyes and the smile on your face.  JOY lifts your spirits high and sets your heart to singing.

JOY is doing what you love and loving what you do.  If you love to paint you will find the color of JOY in your canvas.  If you love to sing, your music moves to the rhythm of JOY like the waves in the ocean.  If you're a writer you spell out JOY for all to read.  If you love to garden you will plant seeds of JOY and can watch them grow.
I love to craft and, when I do, I create with JOY because I'm doing what I love to do.  For me, crafting is not work.  When I put ink onto paper or paint onto canvas, I am putting all the love and creativity and emotions of the moment into one huge ode to JOY.
You see JOY in many people.  There used to be a show called The Joy of Painting, starring Bob Fosse. You could tell that he really felt JOY when he changed a blank canvas into a gorgeous landscape.  Watching old black and white movies, I see JOY when Fred Astaire starts tapping his toes and dancing.  What that man could do with his feet! You can tell he loved to dance (and more than once I wished I had been Ginger Rogers, his graceful dance partner).
JOY is found in the hearts of new moms, sports players, marathon runners, many people who love what they do.
My project is a mixed media canvas.  I tore patterned tissue paper to make my background, coloring in the white spaces with Copic marker BG05 and separating the myriad of patterns with Stickles.  When it comes to mixed media, my motto is: everything but the kitchen sink!  Paint, ink, cast-off jewelry, brads, stamping, freehand drawing, charms and flowers (just to name a few) went into this canvas.
JOY was flowing from my fingers onto my canvas, because I was loving what I was doing and doing what I love most.
Do you love what you do?  Do you do what you love?  What gives you JOY?  This month's theme at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog is JOY.  Post a story or a project there about your own experience or thoughts on JOY for your chance to win a prize from this month's sponsors:


Donna Ellis said...

Such a happy post, Pat! And yes, I always smiled SO BIG when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers did their thing - can you imagine being able to move your feet that quickly and gracefully?

thanks for sharing how you made your mixed media canvas - I have not tried that yet, and am itching to do so!

Glad you shouted JOY from the mountain tops!

Create With Joy said...

Awesome project and awesome post Pat!

Would love for you to share your work with us at Inspire Me Monday at

Create With Joy

Desire Fourie said...

There is so much joy around us, we just need to appreciate it more. Love your inspirational post all about joy and your canvass complements it beautifully.
This is so perfect for our JOY theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
{Path of Positivity DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Carol L said...

It is a joyful piece of art Pat.

ike said...

Brilliant - that is a great picture and your enthusiasm on this post made me smile :-)
Thank you for joining us at The Path of Positivity JOY Challenge :-)



SAMARA said...

Ohhhhh Pat! I have to laugh, here we go again, with your art in my rotation - number 5. Do you think it is an accident! Well if it is, I love this accident!!!! Pat, your post is always such a JOY for me. I find it transformational, a lesson, a journey but most of all, that you let the reader, in the way and manner you write, be a "sojourner". There is no separation between you and the reader - you create something quite profound. Something which in Ministry is called "the intimate stranger." In fact, I see what you post as a Ministry in and of itself Pat. You are a gift from G-d, an ambassador of healing, a trailblazer in the blogging world. And I honor that you are willing to put it all out there each and every post. You share yourself with us - something that is rare and beautiful. Thank you so much for that Pat. You will make a very powerful team member at POP. Now for your art. Gorgeous as usual (though I am not a fan of "the usual" comment - so I'll expand.) I love the mixed media. I love how you use random characters to be your people, to act as your carriers of the message you portray. I love that your art is vivid and that your creation is deep and telling of the theme of the month at POP. You hit it each and every time. I cherish that about your entries. You might know I am leaving POP at the end of this month. I will miss commenting on your pieces. Just know I am loving all you do from afar. Thank you for entering your soul into POP once again and best of everything over the holidays. Love from Samara xox DT POP

Path of Positivity said...

What a wonderful post Pat. I'm so happy that I finally got the opportunity to come over and read it. You're right--joy is everywhere it is just a matter of looking for it in the little things along with the big things. You taught me something new today because while I knew that Bob Fosse was an incredible dancer and choreographer I never knew he painted, never mind having his own show. Interesting.

May you always experience joy in whatever you do!