True Colors

Remember the Cyndi Lauper song? Or the cover by Phil Collins? Or even more recently, by Artists Against Bullying [Hedley, Simple Plan, Kardinal Offishall, Lights, Alyssa Reid, Fefe Dobson & Walk Off the Earth]? Here’s the video in case you have no idea what I’m talking about.

I really love this song. The lyrics that especially speak to me are these:

So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors
Your true colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow

and

You should never be afraid because your difference is the difference
We live in a time where to be yourself is hard
And the way you really feel can leave you emotionally scarred
But stay strong, stand firm and never back down
Being yourself is the only way to act that

True Colors Progress1

This painting was very much so inspired by this song. I first painted it like you see in the pictures above, but then had three people see it and ask “What’s it going to be?”

Okay… maybe I’ll try again.

So I started reworking it.

I added some details to the face
I added some details to the face
Then reworked the body several times. Had quite a bit of trouble with this part
Then reworked the body several times. Had quite a bit of trouble with that part, as you can see on the left.

 Eventually finished with this painting.

24x30" - Acrylic on Canvas
24×30″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I love the message in this song because it tells us to just be ourselves. That’s something that I find much easier said than done. I’ve definitely come a long way compared to a few years ago, but still have lots of room to grow.

Zoomed in on the face
Zoomed in on the face

I’ve mentioned on here before how I used to be ashamed of my love for painting and arts/crafts because I didn’t think it was ‘cool’ so I hid it from most people. I’m mighty glad to say that 90% of the time, that is no longer the case. Starting this blog was a HUGE step in the right direction.

Zoomed in on the body
Zoomed in on the body

There are still many areas in my life where I find myself having to use a lot of self talk and convince myself to simply ‘be me’. As is. Because I am good enough. In fact, I’m pretty awesome.

This is probably the best lesson I’ve learned from past relationships. There is no point in being the person you think the other person wants you to be. Eventually, your true colors will come through.

I’ve definitely pretended to be someone I’m not in order to feel accepted by someone else. I learned the hard way that this doesn’t result in long term happiness for either party.

Fortunately, there is someone who thinks you are amazing just the way you are. True story. Just be you. I’m trying to do that too. I personally find nothing more attractive than someone who is authentic to themselves, even if it makes them vulnerable.

I hope this song and this painting both remind you that you are perfect just the way you are. Be true to you. Always.

With that, I leave you with a shameless picture of myself with this painting.

True Colors - me
Me and my ‘True Colors’

Like this painting? The original is for sale here.

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44 thoughts on “True Colors

  • May 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm
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    you are radiating with pride over this one! it is gorgeous. and you are pretty awesome xo

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    • May 27, 2013 at 6:43 am
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      Thanks love! You’re not so shabby either xo

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  • May 27, 2013 at 10:34 am
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    Agata, absolutely gorgeous! Love this one! So inspiring xo

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  • May 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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    AGATA! This painting is soo nice and it was quite a nice read! Quel chef-d’oeuvre! Your talent is quite astounding!

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    • May 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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      Merci Mireille. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed it, both the painting and what I wrote.

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  • May 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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    loved ur painting simply awesome

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  • May 28, 2013 at 5:24 am
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    Lovely painting and blog. 🙂 I love Cyndi Laupa. I used to have a tape cassette of her that I used to play in my car when my son (when he was young) and me went on trips. We used to have it on load and sing along. Especially the song ‘Heading West’, even though we weren’t always heading west, lol, we were travelling away on a journey. 🙂

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    • May 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm
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      That sounds like such a lovely memory. It’s amazing how certain songs can bring back such vivid memories from the past.

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  • May 28, 2013 at 8:11 am
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    Well presented. I felt like I was there having a conversation with you.

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  • May 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm
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    Such a beautiful painting. Thanks for sharing. And I love the colors in this piece. Good job 😀

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    • May 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm
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      Thank you. I quite like the colors in it too 🙂

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  • May 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm
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    This is just so stunning! You are so talented, I am in love with your work!!!! Amazing job, can’t wait to see what you do next 🙂

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  • May 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm
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    Great song; it’s my first time hearing it actually. A relative of mine is a school counselor that sometimes discusses anti-bullying, so I ought to show that video to her.

    I love how music inspires all sorts of things. And the final result of a painting is often a pleasant surprise! I dig this, and the message behind it resonates with me.

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    • June 2, 2013 at 6:48 am
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      Hi Chrissy, I’m glad I could introduce you to this song. I really hope your friend uses it somehow in her anti-bullying talks. Such a great message in that song.

      And thank you for your kind words 🙂

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  • June 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm
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    Love how you started with an abstract three tiered piece then started to re-work it to become a solitary girl; i.e. your self-portrait. Although the computer does not do the vivid colors of this piece justice, it is still a beautiful painting. The message of the painting is so timely and great! Keep up the good work, Agata!

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    • June 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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      Thank you for your kind words. And I totally agree about the importance of the message. Let’s spread the word with whatever medium we can…music, painting, or simply raising awareness by talking about it.

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  • June 13, 2013 at 11:24 pm
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    This is absolutely beautiful, and so very inspiring! Funny, I just wrote a blog post partially about what you mentioned on being vulnerable about art and starting out not wanting to show it, and learning to overcome the fear of being who you are and creating what you’re able to. So wonderful to see another artist’s victory! Yay!

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    • June 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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      I just read your post and could 1000% relate to every word you wrote. Keep up the great work!!!

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      • June 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm
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        I’m so glad! I hope it can be a bit of an encouragement to you and others- we all go through it 🙂 And thank you SO MUCH for stopping by!

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  • June 14, 2013 at 10:58 am
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    Great story, and the final version is excellent. But I find the original very haunting and powerful.

    Your comments about your journey into art are very inspirational. Thank you for sharing them.

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    • June 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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      Thank you Daniel. I’m glad you’re enjoying the story of my journey into art. All the best to you on your own journey 🙂

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  • June 15, 2013 at 9:57 am
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    What a beautiful progression in your piece! I think there’s an extra vulnerability in adding a face that adds to your message of being your true self. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  • June 15, 2013 at 11:58 am
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    First of all I liked the piece. But I liked it better when not so much of the face was defined. When parts were prisoners of the paint. Anyway, good stuff. Keep working.

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    • June 28, 2013 at 10:55 am
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      Thank you David. I love your perspective

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  • June 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm
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    A very interesting blog here. Beautiful style of painting. Keep up the good work self examination and artistic expression.

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    • June 28, 2013 at 10:56 am
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      Thank for stopping by and leaving your kind comment Walter 🙂

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  • June 17, 2013 at 9:22 am
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    I love your piece, it’s extremely powerful. Even more beautiful with such a meaningful message behind it. Keep on painting, you have a passion to be proud of 🙂

    Great details in the photos as well, thank you for sharing.

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  • June 21, 2013 at 11:20 am
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    Absolutely beautiful work! Amazing style. I love how you encapsulate the abstract elements (streaks of color) within the concrete figure. She’s a work to be proud of! I hope to see more of your work to come!

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    • June 28, 2013 at 10:53 am
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      Thank you Matt. I looked through your work too (both poetry and a couple paintings) and you’ve got some incredible talent yourself. Keep doing what you love 🙂

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  • June 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm
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    Love this painting! And thank you for showing us your process.

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  • July 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm
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    You’re figuring it out way faster than I did. Great article and work of art!

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  • July 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm
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    thats some nice work you have there thankyou I enjoyed looking at it keep up the good work

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