That Insistent Little Voice

“Hiding Jalapenos”
oil on linen on panel, 6″ x 8″

Well, it showed up again today. That little voice which says, “Don’t paint thaaaat. You don’t have the skills for that. Impossible! Pick something else. You’ll never be able to make this work. Etc. Etc. Etc.”

I battle the voice day after day. Every day. It comes in shouting and is as unwelcome as an escaped felon into my house. But it comes anyway.

This is one of the reasons I believe art to be a great avenue to ‘finding one’s true self.’ By standing up and not listening to the ever present doubts . . .and gradually overcoming ‘the little voice’ . . . .one begins to develop a confidence . . . .an attitude of “Shuddup, already! I can do this!” We all have the voice. That is to say we ALL have one; The nay sayer who sits back and tries to sell the idea of accepting failure. The difference between people is how they respond to the dark sniping negative that chases us everywhere, no matter what we attempt.

Here’s my response to the voice: Shun it and do it anyway!

This morning’s painting said a thing or two to that voice. Nuff said!

5 thoughts on “That Insistent Little Voice”

  1. Couldn’t agree more. All the great artists I know are completely fearless when it comes to their work. You’re, you can’t expect to grow otherwise.

    Nice work. painting glass is SO fun.

  2. Ed, it seems we are of like mind . . .it’s the challenge we like, eh? Thanks AGAIN for your supportive comments. They mean a lot!

    Best,
    Mike

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