Proverbs 25:11 A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver
Do you let certain things get to you? I do. I don’t want to but sometimes my emotions override my brain and I get frustrated.
Yesterday was one of those days.
My artwork was not selected to an art show that I really wanted to be part of. I knew the piece was not anywhere near the style that would usually be shown in this very traditional gallery. But like my mom’s mantra to me has been since I was a kid… To thine own self be true! And there is no truer part of me than when I create art.
I was bummed out because I took it personally.
That was a prideful mistake. I took to Facebook to whine. Then I texted my sisters and whined.
Thankfully, my family and FB friends weren’t standing for this. They were lifting me up and at the same time kicking my pity party booty. I needed these words aptly spoken to my soul. I’m so thankful.
Then, just in case I wasn’t listening to what was being told to me…
Last night was the artist entrepreneur class. (FYI I’m taking a certification class for artists at the local regional arts council! yippeee!) This was the first official class in the 10 week series which included a panel of 5 successful artists. That means these artists make their living, aka pay their bills, from doing their artwork. Between the instructor and panel artists there were many aptly spoken words that I SO needed to hear. Hope these are helpful for you too…
“Only a small amount of people are going to actually like and buy your art.” Michael Graham
“Not everyone is going to like your work. And that’s OK!!!” Ron Smith
“Figure out who you are and what you want to project.” Joshua Chambers
“Figure out where your heart is and stick to it.” Contina Pierson
“If it’s something you love don’t let one person take it away from you because they don’t like your work.” Lesli Marshall
“A lot of people have opinions and judgments, but those have nothing to do with you.” Lesli Marshall
I can’t tell you how much I am loving this class already!
Ok, I’m jumping the gun and all. We just met. Plus, I’m already married and this is a class not a person. I estimate this relationship will last about 9 more weeks. For all you fellow math nerds(more of my people) that were paying attention there are only 9 weeks left. LOL I do know that this weekly meeting will be changing my life just like a good relationship (or bad! ha).
I’m so thankful for the words aptly spoken to me yesterday. I’m thankful for my friends, family, and strangers willing to share their stories. I’m thankful for you dear readers and am hoping that this post and many others are inspiring, encouraging, or even a swift kick in the pity party booty if you need that like I did!