Monday, June 6, 2011


Sometime in 2010, Somerset Studios published a call for submissions for the theme “Fearless“. The questions that the request asked were: What does it mean to be fearless? What does fearless look like? What would you create if you were truly fearless?
Whenever I hear this word I automatically put the emphasis on the word fear instead of the word less. I understand the word fear. I have lived with fear all my life… probably on a daily basis. I am sure if most of us think about it, we all have.

I have been told that fear and love are opposite emotions. That it is hard to feel love when we feel fear and hard to love when we fear.
I had just finished the book by Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD “Love is Letting Go of Fear” when I started to work on this submission.

Somerset Studios has selected this piece for publication in the most current issue, May/June 2011. It appears on page 120. Thank you to Christen Olivarez and the Somerset Team. I am so grateful.

This is my artist statement for this piece:

Fearless… without fear… I chose to put the accent on the second word… fear LESS… I recently read the book “Love is Letting Go of Fear” by Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD. Gerald teaches us to let go of the past and stay focused on the present. “Revealing our true selves, the essence of which is love, is a matter of releasing those limited and limiting thoughts.” The message in this book is to live a life in which fear, doubt and negativity are replaced with optimism, joy and love. When I read the call for submissions, the title of this book and its message was still in my head. I chose to replace fear and less with love and more…

It has been over 6 months since I created this piece. Even though it is sometimes hard to do I still believe in its message…

Below is my progression:



Mary said...

Mary Beth I loved this piece when I first saw it in Somerset Studios a few days ago...I am so drawn to hearts and seem to always paint them.

Thanks for showing your progress, I don't usually use a lot of paper as the base of a painting, but I am going to give this a try, the outcome is fabulous.

Grace and Peace

Kelly said...

That's wonderful news on the Somerset submission! The piece is truly beautiful..
and your new blog looks lovely! It made me happy to see all the colors :)


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