What If?...And Then

"What If?...And Then" abstract collage by artist Melissa Combs © 2018 studio-mlc.com
"What If?...And Then" abstract collage by artist Melissa Combs © 2018 studio-mlc.com
"What If?...And Then" abstract collage by artist Melissa Combs © 2018 studio-mlc.com
"What If?...And Then" abstract collage by artist Melissa Combs © 2018 studio-mlc.com

What If?...And Then

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This collage was developed for the magazine, The Perpetual You.  It was featured in the October 2018 issue with the theme of “moxie”.  When I started to figure out what moxie meant to me personally, I realized it centered on being brave enough to push past my fears and head in the direction of the things I always desired for myself.  Each dream has a starting point in asking, “What If I.. (fill in the blank)…?” And Then getting clear on the steps to accomplish it. It’s about setting intentions and having the perseverance to carry through.  It took every bit of courage for me to show up in the world as an artist – I fought this “true North of myself” for a long, long time.   Not even the steps (over many years) of creating consistently or developing my personal artistic style were easy, nor was the requisite education necessary to launch StudioMLC so I could sell my work.

I can’t say that I didn’t cry with each setback or disappointment, though I always used these times to learn a lesson and grow.  My artist’s journey, which started long before my first year of business, has been steeped with highs and lows & everything in-between and has certainly taught me about my own resiliency.  Moxie has accompanied me during my travels and is my deep-seated cheerleader within, the encourager who wants me to move outside my comfort zone or face a difficulty head-on. Moxie is the fighting spirit, the “self” who shows up authentically over and over again despite the challenges & in celebration of the progress.


What If? And Then…
2018, Mixed media collage on watercolor paper
Interior dimensions (actual art): 4.0625”w x 4.0625”h
Exterior dimensions (matted): 10”w x 10”h
Collage is presented in a white matboard.  It is unframed.

*1st image is a scanned image & is more true to color. 

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