Sometimes we tell people we are just an artist…but we are so much more!
What defines success? It’s a good question. So many see it as money/sales and fame. While I am really happy that my artwork sells, it isn’t the biggest part of how I define my accomplishments. It’s actually quite small…
I thought today would be a good day to remind ourselves of all of the “good” in our lives and what truly makes us a success. It’s a simple little exercise that might take some thought, but surely success can be found in even the smallest of things…
Pick one or more ways you are successful and leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!
I will go first…
I am a success because: in my life, the people around me have always underestimated me. When they said “you can’t do it”, I always did. Whether it was mucking horse stalls in Florida’s Summer heat, defeating cancer naturally 15 years ago or selling my art and earning a living with it. When they said “no way”. I’ve done it!
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Life is a funny thing. It is sort of like a huge ocean with many currents pulling you in varying directions. Sometimes you get into a bad current…an undertow that pulls you into places that do not nourish your soul. For me Ebay was such a place. I started my art career selling on the site. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I want a cheap curling iron or collectible pez dispenser, but it is no place for me. I never felt good there. Luckily, life’s currents have also pulled me into good directions. I was able to move on from garage sale mentality many many years ago and see my value. I moved into a place of fulfillment in my work. I enjoy my collectors now in a way I never have before. I build personal relationships that last year after year. I make new friends too through the sales of my prints and originals. It feels so good to be in that upward flow into life. As I have been undergoing this revitalization I have also had to deal with loss. The loss of some friendships which were not healthy for me. Friendships that were laced in resentment. So today I am feeling a surge of vitality….a load let off my shoulders. A renewal! And speaking of revitalizing. Recently I discovered I was able to digitally remaster some of my very early works so that my collectors could collect super large prints of these paintings. I have always wished that I would have had a better camera back in the day as my photos of these are very small. But thank’s to Photoshop I can share them again to a new audience. Enjoy more here:
P.S. A big shout out to all of my new Australian fans who have been visiting my blog like crazy the last 24 hours. Welcome aboard mates!