If I do say so myself, this was a rather unusual choice for a photograph to share but as I looked at all of the pictures I took this one seemed to speak to me the most. It is a picture of a pastel that I painted this month. I love to draw and paint and I have just recently fallen in love with pastels. But when I look at something I have created I can be very critical of it. If I look at the work of others, I always find something that I like about it and if I met the artist I would be sure to say something nice about their work before leaving. But I am not always so kind to myself.
So this picture is a reminder to me and to all of the other artists who also have a strong inner critic. It is possible to learn and to grow and to stretch as an artist while still appreciating your own work. I always say that I love the process and the journey but when I looked at this picture I realized how much fun it is to appreciate and enjoy the final product as well.