Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Is It True?

As artist working in a studio, alone, each day, we tend to talk to ourselves. Self-talk, critic, brain- loop, it has many names, and it can work for you or against you. I recently started asking a test question .IS IT TRUE? Amazingly,I discovered that I tell myself an awful lot of stories about myself and my work that simply don't stand up to that question!

I told myself, that sales would be difficult this month...the galleria sold a painting of mine yesterday.
I told myself that my "to do list" was overwhelming...I actually wrote down my accomplishment list of yesterday & it was longer than my original to do list.
I told myself that I didn't know how to network...I've connected with 2 new artist by attending an art show this week.

I told myself I could skip a day of walking and I'd feel ok...lol ..we know that answer!

How often do you find yourself wasting time and energy on thoughts that simply aren't true?As you make your goal list, resolutions, choose your word of the year etc. put it to the test.
Do you need to get up earlier to accomplish your list or do you need to focus more effectively on a particular job?
Do you label yourself "disorganized "or do you simply need to buy some folders?
Are you really a beginner or are you afraid to take the next step and enter a juried show?
Did the painting not sell because of the economy or do you really need more skills?

You''ll be surprised how this question can be applied to everything that runs through your head as you paint and amazed when you discover the answers! Be prepared ...to meet yourself!

1 comment:

On a Whimsey said...

Thought provoking post! Now you have me started:)except I am sure I already know the answers to many of the questions I could pose!!