Suzanna is a painter who lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where her husband, daughter and dog hang out on the first floor, while she, her paintings, and her cats exist on the second floor. Sometimes they get mixed up, but they all survive with just a few minor scratches.
Suzanna believes that beauty is oxygen. We don’t need to worship it, but to deny it’s vital importance is naïve. Life is sometimes hard, but it is always, always beautiful and her painting is the purest expression of the beauty that exists within her.
In this episode, Suzanna discusses:
-Her earliest memories of being creative.
-The time her mother posed the question to her: “What is happiness to you?”
-How happiness for her, is working and staying busy creating.
-Her slow shift into becoming an artist, as her original dream was to be a dancer.
-How everything she had been building in her life disappeared, but how great she actually felt about it after getting over the shock.
-How you can “hack life” more as you get older and how she would never want to go back to her 20's or 30's.
-How there are legitimate things in life that we have to do that can get in the way of our creative pursuits, but too often we use them as our excuse.
-The idea that the subconscious mind is an elephant and the conscious mind is an ant, and no matter how determined the ant might be, it can not move the elephant.
-The importance of aligning the conscious and subconscious parts of your brain so it isn't like trying to push an elephant.
-How it is difficult to be in a vulnerable place with your art for multiple hours a day.
-How she teaches the same technical skills to her students, but some of them flourish while others get caught up in the excuses.
-How many of us continue to be uncomfortable in our life situations until it hurts too much.
Suzanna's Final Push will inspire you to be kind to yourself and JUST START!
“I feel that I almost subconsciously took myself to that place where everything had to be ruined so I could start over again.”
“Painting is hard. It is really hard.”
“‘How can I go paint? There's nothing for dinner!' And you're thinking about that at ten in the morning.”
“‘I don't have time' is the worst of myths.”
“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Your Elusive Creative Genius” – Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk
“The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer
“RESOLVED: 13 Solutions for LIFE” by Orrin Woodward