Two of my pieces are hanging in the Egyptian Theatre. ("Seadragon's World" is shown on the left.) This is the first time I've seen my work up - not as a student. It felt great! The colors and textures and people energized me so much that I was on a natural high the entire day.
The series that I'm working on right now is the very first time I've created something for myself: they were not created for a specific class or project or person. They serve no practical purpose. If other people enjoy them, that is terrific and I enjoy hearing their comments. When it comes right down to it, though, it doesn't matter if they like it or not. It doesn't matter if the painting gets in a show, it doesn't matter if it makes money. I'm just making them for me. Selfish, aren't I?
It is liberating not to worry about what other's think. The older I get, the more I realize that I cannot let outside influences determine who I am as a person or as an artist. For too long I allowed myself to be shaped by what people thought of me and what I believed society expected of me.
Ahh, it is late and I'm rambling. Good night.