Releasing The Negatives

How do friends and/or family effect you as an artist?
Short story....

I began sketching seriously when I was about 10...really don't remember much artwork before that. My brothers laughed at my first rendition of our pet collie....but they were younger. The real pain came when my mother looked at my drawing and gave a negative comment. I allowed no one to see any sketches from that time until ten years later. My boss noticed a sketch of sunflowers on my desk and wanted everyone to see "what a great artist they had working there"...his words, not mine.

Hearing that positive comment changed my attitude toward my drawings completely. However, even today, I'm nervous to show my artwork to someone close to me, but I've also learned to accept a negative the same as an accolade! "Thank you, I appreciate your comments." 

Another way to release the negatives is to "paint them out". That's my term for pouring those hidden emotions into art that speaks louder than words. Those paintings are among some that hang on my own walls to remind me of the victory achieved thru them.

Paint, Sketch, Create Today! Don't allow the shadows of doubt formed from negative comments to hold you back! Instead, allow them to kick start new directions!

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