I don't know about you, but sometimes my insecurities regarding the art I make can be very annoying. It gets in the way of so much that I want to do, and by George, 2016 is my year for kicking
I'm tired of feeling like what I make isn't worthy of appreciation, or admiration. As artists, why do we let those negative voices in our head take over? The ability to create something beautiful and bright from a blank piece of paper should be enough to feel confident! It may not suit every one's tastes, and that's OK. All art is beautiful to someone in the world, especially if it comes from the heart.
I strayed a bit with where I wanted to take this blog post, but I just had to get it out there. We all have insecurities about the work we create. Some of it can help us grow as artists, but we can't live in that headspace, or it will hinder the entire creative process. I need to get better at getting past it and continue to make things that I love. Bright colors, crazy cats and messy splatters all the way!
Over the last few months, I had been thinking about contacting a few of the local animal shelters here in Nova Scotia about donating art prints and original watercolors. Most of them have monthly Facebook auctions to raise funds, but was always hesitant and doubtful that they would be well received. See? Stupid insecurities are like the devil on my back.
Last month, I contacted two of the shelters and was met with a lovely and excited response!! One of my art prints auctioned at almost double the retail amount and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. (I in turn contacted the winning bid and will be sending them an original 5x7 as well!)
Here is my first original watercolor that will be auctioned off at the end of the month for H.A.R.T (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) Please visit their Facebook page for more information on the wonderful work they do!
This piece was created with the yummy QoR & Gansai Tambi watercolors.