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To Let Go of Art

I’ve finally finished everything for the upcoming exhibition! The paintings are wired, the photos framed, and all the prints are packaged and labeled. I probably could have finished a while ago, but to be honest, I didn’t want to finish.

I’ve come to love the three paintings in this series, and the photos are my favorite I’ve ever taken. They aren’t fancy, but they are personal to me. They’ve been “mine” for some time now, and it feels strange to send them off to someplace new.

I think one of the many challenges artists face is learning to let go. To move on.

Whether painting with pigment, words, thread, food, a computer, etc., we all reach a point where our creation is done, leaving us with only two options: put down the paintbrush, or pick it back up and begin again.

And perhaps the bravest thing an artist can do is trust themselves and do what scares them. That thing that sparks their inspiration. Even when that means letting go and moving on.

Who knows what the next chapter holds, though I’m excited to have a little more free time for the crystal shop and book-writing adventure. Onward!

"Rest" by Samantha Burgett

"Calm" by Samantha Burgett


  • Tamara
    October 30, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Are those singing bowls? I always wanted a set that looks like those.

    • Samantha Burgett
      October 30, 2023 at 10:25 pm

      They are! I use them to record songs from time to time. (I’d definitely recommend this set and can pass along more info if you’re ever looking!)

  • Michele Lee
    October 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    Congratulations, artist! This is so exciting! 🥳 I really enjoyed your thoughts on creating and letting go. I’ve described writing, particularly poetry, in a similar fashion. These creations show up, they are nurtured for a bit, then it’s time to let them go. ✨ I will save and return to this post again.

    • Samantha Burgett
      November 1, 2023 at 11:51 am

      Well said! I like the comparison to poetry and appreciate your perspective! Thank you dear Michele, for both your celebrations alongside me and your thoughts! 😁✨

      • Michele Lee
        November 1, 2023 at 1:02 pm

        Wonderful! Art may vary in its forms, but there are commonalities in the process, it seems. You are welcome. 🌻 How did it go?

      • Samantha Burgett
        November 1, 2023 at 1:46 pm

        It went well! (Thanks for asking! 😁) It seems part of the stress is anticipating that drop-off moment. Now that it’s over and went smoothly, I can take a bit of a breather. 👍🏼

      • Michele Lee
        November 1, 2023 at 2:22 pm

        Yay! 🎉 I can relate to that feeling of anticipatory stress. 😬 Enjoy the breather. 😊

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