Stop Dreaming. Start Doing.

Start Now

It’s been three years since I started this blog. And as I look back on the myriad things I did in name of creativity I am filled with joy and gratitude. I am so glad I had the courage to start this blog in the first place. Just reading my very first post here made me realize how good it is to simply start.

Just start. No matter how small it is. If you know you have been keeping that dream since long time ago and you have been replaying those excuses in your mind for the nth time, this is the moment.

Yes. Today is the perfect day to start working on those dreams. If you wait for that   “perfect moment” (when you are no longer too busy… when you have enough money, etc.) prepare yourself for an epic disappointment – because it will never come. I’d like to repeat what I said three years ago:

No matter how magnificent our ideas (or dreams) are they mean nothing until we start acting on them. 

You don’t have to come up with a detailed five-year plan nor spend all your savings impulsively. You only need to begin taking the first step.

Five years back I was searching for something I felt was missing in my life. That was the time when my nursing career was going well yet I felt I was incomplete. After a period of reflection, the moment of enlightenment came. It dawned on me that I’ve been creative all my life and suddenly stopped when I began working as a staff nurse in the old medical ward. I then picked up my brush I bought from a 2-dollar shop and entered an artistic journey that lead to a solo art exhibition this year. If I didn’t have the courage to even start painting I would probably be the same old Kris who wished he’s pursued the things that make him come alive.

Sometimes it’s not necessarily a process of discovery. Sometimes it can be a process of recovery – reconnecting to your passions that you have been keeping in your heart since you were a kid.

Just start. And believe in the beauty of your dreams. As long as you know that it is worthwhile and it will eventually give you an opportunity to give back to this world go for it! I promise you will never regret it.  Because I didn’t. Just like the many others who are now living their dreams.

What are you waiting for?

The Story of Mysteria Lucis

Mysteria Lucis (Oil on Canvas)

It was quite overwhelming just looking at the signage that had my name and exhibition title on it at the Thistle Hall Gallery. That was the moment I felt I finally reached my dream.  Five years back I was only imagining how it would be like to have my work displayed on a gallery and call myself an “artist”. Indeed I am so much blessed to be in position to tell a story of achievement by the grace of God.

 At Thistle Hall Gallery

So here I am today on the 6th day of my one-week show named “Mysteria Lucis: Unraveling the Mysteries of Light” – a body of work heavily inspired by the light we perceive in nature. It is my way of telling those stories that are familiar yet infrequently revisited – stories we keep in our hearts but remind us of our longing for higher things in life.

As an artist, I always believed that part of my purpose for existing is sharing the gifts I received and celebrating life with exuberance. I am deeply grateful to the wonderful people who offered so much of themselves to help fulfill this purpose.

Thank you for joining with me in my artistic journey. If you couldn’t come to the gallery, these photos are for you.

Cheers,

Kris

PS: You can view photos of all my paintings HERE

Mysteria Lucis

Exaltation

Nocturna

Sunset Meditation

Exuberance

Instagram Magic

It’s funny how it took me so long to join the fun of playing photos with Instagram. Can’t really remember my reason but I can definitely say that I am enjoying it more than Facebook. So for today I’d like to share some of the photos I’ve taken in the past few days. You are welcome to visit my gallery @krisancog.

Cheers,

Kris | The Terrible Artist

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Never Stop Believing

 

Believe in yourself. Believe in the beauty of your dreams. Most importantly, believe that life under God’s direction is a miracle that gives you lasting peace and pure joy. Never stop believing that love is supreme and hope is always a better choice than despair.

From Three Things I Want My Siblings To Always Remember

Kris Ancog