Cappy Sue Shares Her Inspiration With My Dreams Matter
Cappy Sue is an artist that paints mostly from her dreams and what she calls “just a whackado imagination.” She told me that for her, creating is as important as the need to eat, or sleep. Cappy Sue’s goal is to create something that either makes you laugh, or think. Her lack of inhibitions initially attracted me to her Facebook fan page after being featured (now regularly) on Regretsy.com. While
some most of Cappy’s art can be offensive, I find it to be exhilarating.
I’ve noticed that many times, people restrict themselves from truly expressing their thoughts and emotions, for fear of being rejected, shunned, or made fun of. We all have really strange dreams that seem other-worldly and bizarre. Many of us repress these images out of fear of the unknown. Cappy Sue on the other hand, goes down deep into the rabbit hole and paints exactly what she sees through the mind’s sleeping eye. Whether the imagery is pleasant or painful, Cappy cares not. Her favorite movie quote comes from Andy in Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy living or get busy dying.”
I asked her to talk about some of the fears and worries associated with being self-employed and believing in bizarre aspirations. Here’s what she had to say:
What motivates you to want to make your dreams come true?
“My love of making things I could create: art, crafts, writing, gardening anything that involves growing and creating my whole life and be a happy soul. I know down the road we want kids and this is something I could somewhat work around being there as a mom more easily than other choices. There is also my husband. I would really love if when we do have kids he could be a stay at home dad and I could keep us in what we need. He would be great at it and I would like to see that.”
How are you dealing with fear, doubt and worry?
“I try to relax, I meditate daily, and work very hard to keep positve people in my life. For me having little goals and little bits of silly business in my life keep me safe.”
What steps are you taking towards reaching your goals?
I am slowly trying to make little steps. I believe if I just keep trying to branch out hard enough and long enough something will give. Failing happens often but the little wins go a long way. A couple of months ago I almost had a set wholesale. It did not work out. I feel ok with it that I have now cleared that and can focus on other stuff. Then this last week I put in to be in a shop. While they want more than I can swing to be a part of it, I was really welcomed and they wanted me and I knew a lot of artist that had put in so even though I ended up unable to do it the whole thing felt like a win.
Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
My friends, my family, my dreams. I grew up in a very small town and had some wonderful learning experiances from that. What I also saw was many people who had big dreams but when it came to actually stepping outside of their comfort zone they just stopped. Now I can barely see the person there I knew so long ago a strange high number of them still live there and say they are unhappy. That scares the hell out of me. I never want to be that person.
Cappy Sue, thank you so much for sharing your inspiration! I love that you are motivated to make your dreams come true. You’re right that some thing(s) will give after being persistant. Believing in a dream, no matter how silly or absurd it seems to others, can be the fuel behind that persistence. Readers, make sure you stop by Cappy Sue’s Etsy shop as well as her Facebook fan page.
Disclaimer: not for the close-minded or faint at heart.