A REMINDER LESSON
Arrived at the museum with all the art and had to re-assemble some of the work that was too big to fit into the car as whole pieces. All of the work is still wrapped in the plastic that they traveled in.
Mike and I giving a brief talk for members of the museum right before the opening begins.
A view of the exhibit.
Another view of the exhibit.
One more view of the exhibit.
A REMINDER LESSON
Well, the exhibit is up, the show has opened, the reception has happened and just like that, it's back to reality.
The hard work is over, the fun has been had and once again I am reminded of this:
No one can make your art for you.
No one can validate your efforts except for you.
You can be praised and criticized by others, however, it is your own thoughts and feelings that truly matter. It is your own thoughts and feelings that dictate how successful or unsuccessful you consider yourself.
People cannot make you feel proud or disappointed with yourself. Only you can do that.
So, be an artist because you want to be. Paint what you want to paint. Create how you want to create. Make your work for yourself, first and foremost. Let others have their opinions but do not let what they have to say dictate your thoughts and feelings.
Manage your own mind.
Thanks again to everyone who came to the opening reception. I really appreciate the effort that it took for you to get there. I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to have you there to share the evening with me. I hope you had a great time, enjoyed the show and maybe went out to a fantastic dinner afterwords. And made it home safely. I apologize if I did not get to spend too much time with you. I was a bit overwhelmed by the large crowd.
The show is up until February 9th. If you have an opportunity to be in SLO between now and February 9th, stop in and see the exhibit. It is beautiful (if I do say so myself).
I will be teaching a workshop (which is sold out) at the museum on February 7, 8, 9. If you are in SLO that weekend to see the show, hopefully I will see you there.