Accepting Limitations and Learning to Say No

Is February 13th too late to make a New year’s resolution? I don’t care if it is! I resolve to accept my limitations and say NO to requests for work that  I’m just not good at!

If you know anything about my work you know I make a LOT of animals. Animal paintings, animal ornaments, standing 3D animals, animal magnets ….. For the most part, I’m pretty good at it. I have a recognizable style: bright, fun and most importantly, not too connected to reality.  There’s a reason for that. A while back I faced my limitations as an artist and accepted that my abilities stopped short of producing realistic work. In fact, my realistic work stunk! I’m OK with that. Accepting my limitations gave me the permission to explore and expand upon what I COULD do  — and I can do a LOT!

So where am I headed with this self exploration psycho babble? 

Foolishly,  I accepted a commission for a pet portrait from the purchaser of the one and only “realistic” painting I’ve ever sold. Why? Because I’m an idiot! I’ll add in “…’s a slow time of year ….and she’s a nice person….. and my painting has improved….” but mostly, I’m an idiot! So here I sit, writing this blog entry instead of finishing the painting. But on the count of three I’m going to get up and do what I can to make it something I’m willing to sign my name to. 



Two and half……

Hmm…. I suppose I could play a few rounds of online Scrabble first………..

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