Even those of us who aren’t “plugged in” 24/7 can feel that there’s a change in the wind. Our spider senses tingle and our gut tells us that the world is changing.
Corrupt politicians, a Federal Reserve Bank out of control, and a slipping dollar all have us teetering on the precipice. It’s an easy time to forget who we are, and we tend to want to pull in to our shells and isolate ourselves. It’s easy to let those little cracks of doubt seep in and take over our thinking.
Let’s face it, the Art Market is a scary place to tread without a flailing economy, and it’s very easy to let fear and doubt drive our decision-making.
Sometimes, I even come dangerously close to convincing myself that it’s all for naught. Here are the thought patterns that threaten to undo all I’ve worked for:
“Art is the greatest of luxuries; only 1/100 of 1% appreciate art enough to actually purchase a painting. If the economy were to tank, art would be the first to go.”
I can go on and on for two more pages of fear and doubt, but to what end? I can only lean on what gifts God has heaped on Pam and me. He made me to be an artist, and set me on this path. And that is comforting and builds confidence, at least for us.
So what’s my advice, among all this doom and gloom? No matter what you wish to accomplish in your life, STAND UP STRAIGHT AND GET INTO THE GAME! You were made to be an artist, or a cowboy, or a mom, or whatever your passion is.
There is no doubt that we are in scary times. But as a group, Americans aren’t good at lying down and giving up. I wake up every day and paint to the best of my abilities. So my recommendation to you? Press on my friend, THIS TOO WILL PASS.