A couple of things converged this week and left me feeling uneasy.
Artist Nicholas Wilton revealed his big new light-filled studio space in Sausalito, California overlooking the harbor. I can’t imagine what a space like that must cost. Everything Nicholas does is grand. His large abstract paintings are filled with color and light. He teaches large workshops online and in fabulous locations all over the world. He has a staff of assistants and is full of energy and life. In a word, I feel envy.
The same day there was an email from artist Louise Fletcher describing her coup in getting blogger and author Seth Godin to be a guest on the Art Juice podcast that she hosts with Alice Sheridan. Louise encouraged us to go for the big ask and not give in to perceived limitations.
Both of these artists are promoting big, bold, grand, stretch, expand, and growth. But when is it enough? When is quiet and small OK?
There’s a part of me that would like to create art that is bold and grand, and somehow contributes something significant to the world. In the meantime I focus on the work that is mine to do and try not to compare myself to others, which is a lot easier said than done!
This time I failed. I feel like a sloth compared to Nicholas and Louise. What am I doing to move my art, my life and the world forward? When do we get to just be happy with who we are without having to improve ourselves in some way? And when do we get to rest on our laurels and enjoy?
What are your feelings about bigger, bolder, grander and envy? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Red Rising,” 24 x 30 inches, repurposed acryic latex paint on canvas.