I know (especially recently) you have heard me complain about how other artists treat each other (jealousy, cattiness, spitefulness, etc). Certainly not all artists are like that – they are just easy to complain about. I try not to be a negative person – honestly. I just find it completely baffling, and absurd to that there are people out there (not just artists) that when good things happen to you and success is thrown your way – they just cannot be happy for you. But I guess a blog is a place to vent – so I can certainly see how it can come off in a negative way.
Anyway, I wanted to offer some balance by sharing a heartfelt letter another artist recently left in my studio. I won’t say who it is because I don’t want to embarrass them or anything. And I promise it is a real letter – I did not make it up. (I haven’t completely alienated everyone – there are a few people out there that think I am the bomb!) I just thought it was nice that after all these years of sharing advice, juried show information, opportunities, technique info, business info, words of wisdom, etc – someone actually made it worth my while and thanked me instead of turning on me like a wild (competitive) animal. It is nice to know there are decent human beings still left – and this glimmer of hope has caused me to keep the jadedness (is that a word) in the closet just a little while longer.
Here is a little background info: I recently got a small apartment in Chelsea (Manhattan) with my boyfriend that has been working in the city 4 days a week. I plan to split my time between there and Florida and make the most of it in this next year. So after this year I can say I at least gave it a shot at an artists making an attempt in New York City. Also, I have been painting very large things lately and actually selling a bunch of art. So to say my life is fairly exciting and busy right now would be an understatement. So I guess this person is happy for me…..
I am sooooo happy for you! You are such an inspiration to me. I always enjoyed our chats when I would visit your studio. I love your focus, discipline, passion – your steadfastness with your painting – no matter what is going on around you. You have just kept it going with your gift. I love it. God Bless You!
So in the light of 9-11, why don’t you give someone a compliment today (and try to actually mean it), tell someone that you love them, that you miss them, that you appreciate them…… Never underestimate the power of a kind gesture.