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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Confidence Paint Party Friday

Icad 39 Listen to Sage ones!
I have pretty much marched to my own drummer most of my life!  Although I may have appeared confident, I'm not sure that was always the case! I think sometimes to  barrel through your fears you have to fake it  until you make it!! So when you don't feel confident you encourage yourself to brave through the discomfort. 
Icad #38 strong family
  Usually there is a better outcome than expected!! Eventually you gain the strength to do it again and again!!

Icad #42 inspired by Flowers
My daughter has a lot of confidence for a once painfully shy little girl who barely said two words to anyone!! She basically hid behind my skirt tails! I'm not sure when the tide turned, but she's one brave  woman who will talk to anyone and  ask for anything she needs!! She is unafraid. There is no evidence of the once shy little girl...except when she is tentatively listening, which she does well!!
Icad #40 what's important!
Beardo has always been very quiet and I suspect lives in his head a lot. Much like I do most of the day! However he is wonderful to talk to in an intimate setting. As a couple, the kids can converse all day long with no lulls.  Although Beardo was raised in a family of nine siblings he rarely speaks in a crowd. He's "the listener".... he absorbs so much and is always learning. Should he ever speak  out in a crowd, it's either a profound thought, or well crafted quip of humour beyond all others!   There is a deep man inside, a well versed writer, who rarely writes. I hope one day, armed with  more experience he'll write  with regularity!
Icad #43 Your Power house
Having known Beardo as a teen I have watched his confidence grow through each and every accomplishment. I have also experienced him stumble and fall in that area too... There are key body signs when it happens. He hasn't quite made friends with his power yet... but one day that gentle giant will be a force to be reckoned with! He is a humble artist, jack of all trades, fixer of many things, who, as he says, " knows a thing about a thing or two!" And he really does!
Icad #44 look for beauty!
I am always surprised when people divulge their lack of confidence. I am saddened for them too! Such a waste to be always worried what others think.So sad not to value your own beautiful worth! We're all so gifted,  with many talents yet  to be discovered!
 
Oh yes I am flawed....like everyone is. That's the beauty of my humanity!! I am not the best artist or really the best at much.... I used to be a Jill of all trades. At the very least I tried to do new things... just like I continue to try to be an artist!! I am doing it because I love it!
Digitally altered the colour for summer of color!

Am I a confident artist...NO.... but it doesn't matter because I am having my kind of fun! I am enjoying my life. Along the way I make a few people happy with my quirky art. I'm not trying to sell it, I'm just showing the essence of my soul!
Colour digitally altered!

How about you.... do you have confidence??  Are you working on it? Has it improved over the years? Is there a pivotal moment when you became confident?

Very quick video worth the watch!
It could help you change your mind about yourself!
Famous Failures
who overcame....with Confidence! 
Icad 41 destroy misconceptions


46 comments:

sheila 77 said...

Goodness what a video, I was fascinated watching to see who would come after each of the words. Yes, very inspiring.
Love what you are doing with the Icads.
Special favourites this week -
The first, although I think the little bird may be rolling his eyes (haha!).
Number 40 - what a powerful face, she is thinking very deeply, a wonderful painting and words.
Number 43, just because.
Your daughter and Beardo always sound so interesting, I would love to meet them.
Another great blogpost with lots to think about, thanks Giggles.

My name is Erika. said...

Confidence is the key. When you are confident you can take on the world no matter what you are doing. More bright pieces this week. Enjoyed looking at them!

Valerie-Jael said...

Great post. I think we all need to at least make a show of being confident, even if we aren't! Hugs, Valerie

Clare Lloyd said...

Super art as always. Happy PPF

sirkkis said...

Stunning art!

Nic McLean said...

what a great video - it's reassuring to know that such great successful people didn't just fall into it - it took hard work and determination. thank you for another thought provoking post as always!

Sandy said...

Kind of what I did today tried new techniques it did not work the way I thought it would but hey I used something different did more layers and like the way it turned out in the end. Fabulous video TFS love your art work today so bright and happy.
Happy PPF
Sandy :)

Ginny said...

I love the video. I could guess many of the people but not all. Seeing them all listed together was a great reminder that we all fail but it is what we do after that experience that matters.

I enjoyed each of your cards and the message on them. I have thought of making a deck of cards and I just might do that. You have inspired me once again.

When I was young I was very much like Beardo. I was very quiet in a group but I learned so much by watching and listening. At this point in my life I am comfortable being quiet but can also comfortably join the discussion when I want to. I am much more confident with who I am and what I have to say. For me that came with age and experience.

Keith Hillman said...

You are not just showing the essence of your soul you are well and truly baring it in this piece! A fascinating read, an interesting video and your artwork - what can I say? I just love it as much as I always have.

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Christine said...

Lovely art! I need to work on my confidence, I don't consider it a strength of mine.

Faye said...

Powerful post, Sherrie. Always love your art and love hearing about Cupcake and Beardo.

Gloria J Zucaro said...

I love all the art today! Great pictures(paintings/drawings) and the words of wisdom. I think of you as a guru!

Ayala Art said...

I always enjoy your art, wherever I happen to see it :oD It has such a punch of energy!
Thanks for the video, good reminder ♥

Linda Kunsman said...

it's always a joy to visit you to see your wonderful, colorful art and to read your very wise thoughts on so many subjects! I used to be like your cupcake, and besides my friends it was mostly teachers I've had during my school years who encouraged me to "be a partial blabbermouth" and to not be afraid to speak up a bit. It took quite awhile for it to sink in, but I give them all the credit for sowing the seed:)

kat said...

Ah this is a great post , your art making me smile as always with all its super funk! I think you're a great artist! You are authentic and true.
I don't care about folk and what they think and tend to be a loner anyway, I'm confident and happy where I'm at.
Hugs
Kat

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Oh yes, I've been there, faking confidence to then suddenly notice that I had it. It's a great post of the essence of trying and as the super video says too, a failure can be tough but it doesn't define us. Happy Friday!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Julie Ann Lee said...

Your art work is always so dynamic, alive and real! I love the colours you use and the expressions you give to your characters - the sentiments are great too! xx

Jo said...

Love all your ICADS and I love the stories you share regarding your family and your self. You are not only a wonderful artist but wonderful story teller as well. Great post! Big hugs!!

Jo said...

Love that your ICADS are woven in to your storytelling. Wonderful post. Big hugs, my friend.

Jo said...

I'm trying for the third time to leave a comment. For some reason Google does not like me this evening. I love the way your ICADS are woven in to your story telling. Love your posts. Big hugs to you, my friend.

GlorV1 said...

When I was young, there was lack of confidence. Now though, I'm confident, especially in the kitchen. Tee her. Love your work as always. Have a great weekend.

leekrek said...

Wow great lost and video Lloyd to think about for sure and great art as well

Susana Magenheimer said...

Your art is bold and really powerful. I have run in to you on Instagram and your art makes me think and that's a wonderful thing for art to do.

Valerie said...

Nice ICADs!

prachee Vashistha said...

ur art is bold ,beautiful and i love it :)

Paper rainbow said...

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child. It does not have to be noisy confidence it can be quiet. Once they grow it is a quality that determines their life choices. Great post as always.

Sharon Fritchman said...

Your post really struck a chord with all of us at SOC, I think! Yes, confidence is something that is learned along the way of life and perhaps we all were that shy child once! I absolutely love visiting your blog and seeing your amazing works of art! I love all of your ICADs, especially the one you altered for this week's SOC colors! Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of you with all of us!

Laila said...

People always tell me they would love having my confidence. I'm not sure that is what they want, I think most of them just need to think through things and figure out the connections of things. Life has thought me to believe in myself, I know if I take a chance, it most certainly will end well, but I'm also prepared to handle a failure without loosing my night sleep. Am I confident, yes and no, it all depends on the situation.
Love your colorful pieces this week. Painting because it makes us happy is the best reason one can have, I think. The rest is pure bonus. Have a good weekend.

Studio Kaufmann said...

I am like a wildly swinging yo-yo....especially as an artist. Confident one day and the next day not! Although I have become more confident over the years. As they say, if you don't feel it, fake it....I mean confidence lol Love your cheery paintings Happy PPF x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I came to see your SOC entry, but love the ICADs each time I visit, too. You make such lovely art. I can't draw for anything, but I can cut and paste and collage, so we each have our strengths.

Your digitally altered flowers are gorgeous. I'm not much into digital, even though I've owned Photoshop since 2001.

When did I gain my confidence? I have no idea, because I've always felt I have it. I admit when things go wrong and also when I hurt someone. But that's human nature, not confidence. I'm confident enough to admit I have it, though, and can't ever remember a time I didn't. I was raised by Grandparents, and they instilled it in me. Some lessons, learned early enough, you simply never forget!

denthe said...

wow, that video is quite confronting! So good of them to not give up, I bet a few of those that rejected them have been crying their eyes out afterwards.... When I first started painting I had not much confidence, and I felt like that for quite a few years. But after learning and making mistakes and still not giving up (because I just like it too much) my confidence grew. I guess it also has to do with growing older. I care less what other people think and I know myself better and know what I can and cannot do. But making art, even if it's not for selling, makes you vulnerable, because it's something that comes from deep within you and sharing that with the world and opening it up for criticism takes a lot of courage. And as artists we should remember that and be proud of our courage to share with the world. Your colourful art is always a pleasure to see: whimsical, funny and at the same time deep....

Kristin said...

xo

Carol said...

Love all of your art this week :) Some really struck a cord ♥♥♥♥ As a child i was very shy and quiet. As a teenager I out grew that and became more outgoing but still not all that confident in myself...that didn't happen until later..about my art I'm still not very confident most days. I'm working on it but not there yet.

mandysea said...

so much fabulous work here.... I love your bouquet of flowers..
and I think I 'live in my own head' a lot too. I really love how you explained that.. a light went on - and I thought - that's me!

Gillena Cox said...

lots of inspiration, luv your art and inspiration; thanks for dropping by my blog

much love...

Joanna said...

Super post, I really enjoyed reading it and found myself nodding along to your observations.

I love all your stunning artwork too!

Clare Willcocks said...

Some beautiful paintings here and equally beautiful words! I think your family are very lucky to have you! For me, confidence came with finding a job I like, with people I like and me and my boyfriend making our own little place in the world!

Anna J said...

Such a lovely post! Your words have made me reflect a little bit on confidence. It's truly great to be able to do what you love; it doesn't matter what others think, after all. Always have courage!!! :) Your art is beautiful as well; so brightly colored, I love it! Thank you for your post :)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I believe confidence is best when built over time as a person matures. I've seen confident kids in elementary and/or high school that end up failing when they're older, because they never learned to deal with failure. Blessings!

June Walker said...

Hi Giggles, Love all the art and the writings too. Your brain is your power-house, was a very interesting saying/quote, and so true.

As for confidence, 'fake it to make it' can help. With the creative process, its often a good idea to say to the internal critic if/when it pops up, just be quiet for now.... I am making art my way...

Lynn Cohen said...

I often wonder especially today,if you draw the art first and then write your topic, or if the topic came first and then you created art to match it?
It's fun to learn more about you and your lovely family.
And I always enjoy your art.
Is there such a thing as "the best artist"? Or are we each unique and we like some styles better than others, making them favorites, but not necessarily better than someone elses?

Katie Jeanne said...

Great topic! It got me thinking, as usual. I'm confident in my studio, but there are areas in my life that I need to work on.

JKW said...

I enjoy your train of thought and viewpoint on so many critical things. Thank you for showing your wonderful fun art and teaching your ways. Blessings, Janet PPF

Kim Dellow said...

I love reading your thoughts and seeing your art! Confidence is such a tricking thing. I waver daily in my confidence levels and every project goes through a confidence cycle of highs and lows! But as I get older I think I gain more of a 'I don't care any more what people think' on some things. All that worrying is such a waste of energy! Thank you for linking up to Show Your face and for the shout out too. Kx

Irene Rafael said...

What a thought provoking post, Giggles...and a perfect video. I don't really think too much about whether I have confidence or not now but when I was younger I was riddled with self doubt. Truthfully, after I started painting late in life, and found my passion, confidence is a minor issue. I find joy to be paramount.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

lots of great work :D

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