Sunday, October 3, 2010

Self-Portrait at 30

Going through a forgotten portfolio, I came upon this painting. What I remembered was working on it for many months, and then showing it to my (not very pleasant) housemate at the time. She looked at it and didn't say a thing.

So I figured it wasn't any good. And I didn't even like her!

Now I find it and say, 'wow!' I guess I need to learn not to listen to unpleasant people. Why has it taken me so long to figure this out?

Think of all the people in your life (including your inner critic) who in so many ways tell you it's no good and might as well give up. Now take a big eraser and erase them all!

Then find a critique group (or other supportive people) who want to consider what's good about what you're doing (and help you figure out what needs to be changed.) Surround yourself with people who believe in you and want you to succeed. And when you find them... or if you found them already.. give them a big hug.

Because we do need to believe in ourselves. But it's also great to have other people who do, too. (thank you, Secret Gardeners!)


  1. What good advice. I wish I could draw.

  2. I found your blog over at Angela's blog!!!! I'm a new follower and I think you've made some excellent points. Find yourself a good crit group that is kind when they give criticism, it allows you to work up to getting that thick skin you'll need in a creative world.

  3. I don't draw either. I don't mind trying though and having fun when I do. I wouldn't mind taking an art class either. I must say that I find this self portrait interesting, it stuns of those that you have to stare at to try to figure out what the subject (in this case you) might be thinking--such an interesting expression. Thanks for sharing!