Ummmmm…so, it’s no secret by now that I was a bit upset last week about a few comments received about my Cane Tutorial and the over-use of the word “Ummm.” Yes, there were many, many, many wonderful compliments, but I did react quickly to the negative ones probably because I was drip-drying from being at swim lessons all afternoon & before that back & forth from camp, etc. I got really cranky and fired back on FB as some of you know.
Ummmm, what lesson can I derive? One lovely reader noticed in this last tutorial that I did not quite seem myself. Maybe a bit more somber and she even thought I was going to cry towards the end. Well, if I had to guess it was my lack of confidence & conviction.
Yes, we all get a little more brave behind a computer screen. Yes, it’s easy to throw stones when we are not the ones putting ourselves & ideas out there. Yes, I should have a thicker skin. But, what can I control of not other’s opinions & comments? Ah-ha! If I stop and think about powerful & influential people in our world or that came before us, they typically have an abouding compass and mission directing them. They are convicted and for better or worse they carry on. Even when rained on.
Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Sigmend Freud, John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa, . What do they all have in common? Conviction. They all were rooted in the knowledge of their own truth and not much was going to stop their mission. They had ideas and publically expressed them. They were brave about it.
Obviously I’m not comparing painting to the work that these individulas have done, but what lovely examples of marching forward as yourself. So many ideas were born because of an individual’s conviction. I see this even in art & craft every time I log onto Etsy or enter an art museum or eat at a new restaurant with foam on the menu.
I think of Greta too. She loves painting irises. She is young & sees the flower through her eyes and interprets it her way. Is it the way that others see an iris? Are the details perfect? Is the composition right? How about the scale? The shading?
Ummmm, does it make a less beautiful painting?