NO

I ran across this today from Alyson Stanfield (the Art Biz Coach – who, if you are a creative person and do not know who she is, you should)

A great article about telling people “NO”. I almost always feel guilty about telling people “no,” when it comes to donating art and volunteer time – which are often thankless tasks, with no benefit to me whatsoever (despite what they to feed you.) Certain people think I’m too big for my britches, but I just can’t do it. I do not manage my time well and I already have galleries, family, friends, and a BF riding my ass about things I need to be doing, and art I need to be creating. If my time is spread anymore thin, it cuts into my sleep and then makes me angry (not to mention ugly) – and I do not want to create angry, ugly art.

“No” makes us aloof, boring, impolite, unfriendly, selfish, anti-social, uncaring, lonely and an arsenal of other insults. But “no” is the button that keeps us on.”

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“Flight Manifest” (30×40) – a recent commission

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