Move Forward Despite Doubt

I want to take a moment to encourage you!

Last year I was encouraged by a friend to participate in a fun journey called Sketchbook West.  Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach was hosting the event.  After such a time, we wrapped up our sketchbooks and were asked to submit larger pieces inspired by our books for an exhibit.  A jury would select pieces that would be housed for in the exhibit for the whole month.  I submitted two pieces and they were both chosen.  I actually didn’t feel extremely satisfied with the pieces and didn’t consider them the best work I had ever done, was a bit intimidated but I submitted nonetheless.

You see, sometimes when we put ourselves out there . . . when we do it despite the voices of doubt in our head . . . things can happen.  I am just hoping that the pieces might bring someone some joy and while I enjoyed the process, a friend said to me today . . . maybe you created them not for you but simply for another.  The finished product was specifically for another.

See below a few pictures from the Artist Reception last Thursday night at the gallery.  It was a lovely evening of meeting some of the other artists.  This exhibit included artists as far away as Croatia.

If you’re itching for something fun and relaxing to do and you’re a local . . . I encourage you to check out the gallery this month while the sketchbook exhibit is taking place.  The gallery is on PCH near the Wyland gallery and Cliff Restaurant.

I want to encourage you to try that thing you’ve been doubting you can do, stick out your neck and give it a go, move forward despite the doubtful thoughts that might come and lastly . . . watch what happens.  As my friend Melody Ross says, ‘She did it anyway.’  I want to encourage you to do the same friend!


  1. Michelle Salazar says:

    Your art is always a joy to see and I think it is all worthy of being seen and shared! You do not have to worry about you opinion we are never as good as we think it should be and so often we are so wrong. I think there is beauty and joy in all art if we choose to see it. And who would not want those elephants on their wall?

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