Recently I've had a bout of envy. I'm on social media a lot, too much probably especially Instagram. I see all the cool stuff and I've had some twinges of envy. Fear Monster says "you've worked really hard, why aren't those great things coming your way?" "Why aren't you making strides toward your style like so-and-so?"
Of course, using those feelings to fuel me is always a good choice. Work harder, work smarter, etc. That was one of the reasons for beginning this project in the first place. I was seeing all the cool stuff out there and I wanted to make cool stuff too. Unfortunately I'm making stuff now and sometimes I still feel it. I feel envious, frustrated, down.
Last year I wrote a newsletter about the abundance vs. scarcity mindset. At the time I wrote as it relates to supplies and materials. You know that one beautiful/expensive supply that you haven't used or don't use often? Maybe you're worried you'll run out of it. Or your work doesn't feel good enough right now for this special material. Whatever the reasoning, it comes from a scarcity mindset, the fear of running out.
When I reread what I wrote about the scarcity vs. abundance mindset, I realized this envious feeling is the scarcity mindset. There is plenty of room for me and all those other artists to be successful. Their successes don't make me any less successful. In fact, the more people that are doing similar work to mine, the more popular it could make my work. "On trend" is one way to think of it.
So in the spirit of abundance and celebrating the success of others. I give you my jealous curator selections. I don't need to hide their work, I need to celebrate it. I envy these artists...for their work, for their habits, because they are nice people, working hard, making really great stuff.
Cathy Cullis paints, she stitches, she draws, she makes books. She's amazing. Even though she works in a variety of media, she has a very recognizable style and color palette. I LOVE her embroideries and I love this thing she does where she pastes a copy of a traditional painting on one side and paints next to it. She's brilliant.
Katte Geneta is a painter who makes these simple yet complex abstract landscapes. They are so simple yet so striking. Her work feeds my minimalist side.
Jihye Back Kim has a distinctive loose, expressive style. I love her color combinations and heavy use of white space. I'm a fan of just about everything she posts on Instagram.
Today I'm thinking about the saying "promote what you love rather than bashing what you hate." I could go on about artists who stealing or any number of my pet peeves. Instead I'm going to celebrate these three. They are doing it right and they are doing alright.