I want to share a story with you, about a time when someone tried to take my passion away from me. I was a very dedicated art student in high school. I spent most of my time hanging out in the art room, helping my teacher, and most of all making art. I knew I wasn't the most talented art student, but I figured out early on that all it took was dedication. I succeed with my art at an early age for two reasons, I was passionate and I had an amazing teacher that saw it.
One day, I recall a friend wanting me to see a painting someone gave to her as a gift. She was very excited about it and wanted me to see it, and I certainly wanted to see it! It just so happened that I was at her house one afternoon. We were in her room where this gorgeous painting was hanging. She pointed it out to me, "This is the painting I was telling you about." I started to admire it, it really was spectacular. But then her attitude changed, maybe I did not have the reaction she expected, she went on, "Isn't it amazing, SHE is a good artist, SEE Nicole." And she laughed. Yes, she laughed at me. I understood then what was going on. For whatever reason, she wanted to humiliate me. She wanted to take away my most precious possession, my passion and my greatest joy.
Sadly I don't recall too much about that painting. I wish I had, she ruined that moment for me. When I find art, or an artist that I admire I try to learn from them. Most artists do, they want learn from each other's successes and failures (because we all fail at some point). However,
I did learn a lot from this moment, but it wasn't to stop making art because someone was better than me. I already knew that. This was a challenge, and we all need these challenges. This was an opportunity to see how truly passionate I was. If I had stop making art at this point in my life, well, then maybe I didn't deserve to have that passion.
So please, be brave. Continue sharing what you love with the rest of us. Follow that passion.
|Current work in progress, me being brave with a large canvas.|