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!