Self talk will take a fearful turn whenever we dwell too long on one idea. Why do we always think of every possible bad thing that could happen? We hardly ever focus on what good things that might happen if we changed our lives in anyway. Where does the fear come from? Have we been horribly disappointed in the past? Usually not. We have managed in the past to get through big things.
I once lived in San Francisco and decided I would only be an artist. I had no money or even a place to l live. I sold charcoal sketches on the street. This sounds absurd to me now but then I had no fear. Looking back I am sure that if my parents had known they would have been scared out of their wits about me. But I did not die. No matter what you embark on you almost always do not die. And if you do die, well at least you lived a while.
The day of anyones art opening is a mixed bag, Yes you are glad it is over and you are done painting but now the worst part comes . You have to stand there and listen while people look at your work and make the comments. It doesn’t matter how many say they love it and go on and on. Talk is cheap and art is a business so you have to sell these works. For someone to lay down several thousand dollars in todays market, You better have the best paintings you have ever done. they have to connect with them emotionally and love them for that to happen. Its like falling in love. It either happens or it doesn’t. The gallery owner is depending on you selling them or she would not have picked you out.
You can only do your best and let the chips fall where they may. This is the number one best time to buy art in the past thirty years though so for buyers it is fantastic.
Artist and buyer and dealer and webmaster are all connected. Hopefully it is a wonderful synergy that brings forth joy to everyone connected to the circle.
The most important work you can do for your life is to do what only you can do. That is your biggest gift to everyone else. The wonderfulness of each of us being unique is that we all have a special job to do. Special with a capitol S. People tend to down lay their gifts in their minds as they are constantly comparing them to some one else. Who cares if someone can write better than you or sing better or paint better. There is only one you and you have a precious uniqueness that you have to serve everyone else. I am grateful for Tiny Tim and his weird voice and Kiri Takanawa. I love Miros work and also Caravaggio.
You still have to strive for excellence but it is your own excellence with your point of view. There isn’t just one excellent.