One of my deepest insecurities is my fear of painting. By painting i mean oil, acrylic, and gouache painting. It’s one of those things where I say to myself, “that looks impossible. You have to be gifted to do it, and I couldn’t possibly even attempt it. In fact, I’ll avoid it and go back to sketching and doodling where I feel comfortable.” So, with that thought in mind I decided that I’ve been letting myself be pushed around by a self-limiting thought that’s trying to protect me from embarrassment and failure. It’s time to move on from that old baggage.
And what did I paint in celebration of my newfound fearlessness? A cartoon jaybird, of course, because that pushes me one inch forward on my plan to self-publish a children’s picture book by March 31.