I see you! portrait of Amanda Palmer for the theme of ‘Heroes’ week 1, 2016
Watercolor on paper, 7″x10″
The choice for heroes wasn’t an easy one. I was gravitating towards heroes in films and movies but realized I didn’t really ‘have’ a hero. I never really looked up to anyone. I admired someone for their skill, their knowledge, their bravery and what not… but never did I call them heroes. I read ‘the Art of Asking’ cover to cover in a couple of days and it struck a chord with me. I cried, I laughed, I nodded and I shook my head. What she wrote was so ‘me’. The way she talked about art, about the need to be seen… it has stuck with me, it did something to me, it changed me, it changed the way I looked at myself as a person but mostly as an artist. I SAW myself as an artist! Instead of just wanting others to see me as an artist it was the first time I took myself serious as an artist. I had the right to be seen, I was good enough to be seen. I SAW ME! and not only that… I was no longer afraid of asking and accepting help!
“There’s no “correct path” to becoming a real artist. You might think you’ll gain legitimacy by going to art school, getting published, getting signed to a record label. But it’s all bullshit, and it’s all in your head. You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.” ― Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
This summer I began a quest to fill in all the random grass-less areas of my yard with grass. Quincy decided the roped off areas were optional which is not helping. So this weekend I bought heavy duty grass seed and wrapped twine around poles about 100 times. Next thing you know I’m looking out my kitchen window and see this. He’s sitting on the one tiny spot of seed that I didn’t rope off.