I don't even know where this amazing little top 10 came from exactly. I found it on Facebook on a friend's page but it got there from somewhere else. So, I wish I could accurately credit this amazing graphic but I can't. If you can, please let me know! Ever since I saw it, I have kept in on my desktop. It's just so very true and I hope that it resonates for you guys as well.
For those of you who have been keeping up with my blog this year you know that 2011 is my year for putting my work "out there" in a new way. It's been really challenging. It's different showing people my art work. When I put my studio work out into the world it feels more insulated. It's tangible and concrete and, although I put my heart into it completely, it's a little less raw and personal. My art, though, is only about me and the most vulnerable parts of me too. It's much more vulnerable.
One of the best things about this year has been the feedback I have gotten from you guys. I can't tell you how much it means to me when you cheer me on with your emails and comments. Thank you for putting yourself "out there" too and sharing your stories with me. It makes me feel amazing when you say that I have inspired you too.
This comes from another person who inspires me. It's a blog post from Seth Godin.
Art is what we call...
the thing an artist does.
It's not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human.
Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist.
So, my sweet friends, thank you for beholding my art, cheering me on and helping me face the voice of doubt. I appreciate you.
Edited on 5-31 to add: Many thanks to my reader who found the source of this great piece of art! Turns out is belongs to Keri Smith and her blog is here. I am in love with her site and think you will love it too! Thanks Keri for making this and inspiring all of us!