encaustic on birch 18 x 24
It helps to set intentions. It helps me anyway to have something to shoot for. I aim high, always. Why not? See what happens. Sometimes we hit the target dead on and its an amzing thing to realize that you hit it! Yet, I can't tell you the number of times I've aimed a little too high and things fall to my feet like the leaves in the autumn. I can't say I've ever hurt myself by setting high intentions. I've been disappointed yes, but that's part of the process. It's the stepping stone and its OK to fall. Even when things fall flat or short or the aim is too high, it seems like there is something that is invaluable about the experience. There is a lesson, or a small golden nugget laying within the downfall. That nugget is what keeps us going for the next try. Do I sometimes overlook the nugget, the good thing that comes from the mess? Yes, its easy to do. But, even through disappointment we need to sift and find the one good thing that's there. There is always a good thing - always.
The show experience for me was a target hit - dead on. Met my goal to get the paintings out there. Got accepted into the shows. Even sold one! Two more hits - bam, bam. The disapointment - the Girls didn't make the cut and never left the back room of the show. Mrs. Finch and Mint also didn't make the cut. My golden nugget? Whisper (my header painting) got seven votes for people's choice award. That meant a lot to me.
Thank you to all of you who helped me select the paintings to go to the shows last week by giving feedback on the choices in my post last Friday. I SO appreciate all of you and your kind words. Happy Paint Party Friday everyone! Can't wait to blog hop and see what all you are creating!