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We’re all totally flawed and broken.

Wounded, wrong and totally awesome.

Trying to be Perfect

I wasted a lot of time trying to be perfect. But the definitions and requirements of perfect changed depending on who was looking.

I was always failing someone’s test, so I stopped playing.

I gave up trying to be… anything for others, and started looking to see what I could be for myself.

What I found was a deeply flawed and broken human being. But that was okay… Because we all are.

And the more I became gentle and patient and forgiving of my own failures and imperfections – the more I could feel that towards others.

(and don’t think for a second that I can do this 100% of the time… or even 50% of the time – it’s still a constant reminder and a struggle to be patient and forgiving and gentle with myself and others…)

I don’t care how perfect someone looks or acts or appears to be – I guarantee… we are all flawed and broken. Every last one of us. It’s a wonderful, universal truth.

The Myth of Completion

We’re never going to get to ‘done’.
We’re never going to be finished and perfect.

I used to think that as soon as I healed all my crap I could start living the life I always wanted… but it doesn’t just ‘stop’ and then everything’s AMAZING.

The healing and the learning and the failing and the mistakes and the trying again… IS the life.

It took me the first half of my life to get that. It took me the first half of my life to see the perfect amazingness of that.

Now I get to LIVE the second half knowing that we’re all crazy and f*cked up and beautifully perfect in our chaos.

Ahhhh…. freedom.

 
 

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“Best Selling Art” lists are a pile of crap that will lead you down the monkey path to Walmart.

New York City is one of the most eclectic art scenes in the world for artists and visitors. Symbols of artistic recognition and fame include prominent museums, leading edge galleries, cutting edge artists, top art critics, and trade shows like Art Expo.

Avoid the artists who tells you that they’ve “done it” and “it doesn’t work.” These artists will tell you that they contacted the right people, sent out the correct material, created the work that the public wanted, and even after doing all of this, they still didn’t get anywhere.

There is no shortage of artists producing very good work. I see lots of it every day. It takes more than just believing in yourself as an artist and creating good art to have an art business.

Artists who do not like to talk or write about their art insist that their work speaks for itself. If that were true, there would be no art critics, show catalogues or labels on museum walls.

There is no such thing as one big break. This doesn’t happen in any profession, and art is no exception. All great achievements happen through many small acts, staged consistently over time.

Cynthia Liu ~ Feature Friday Artist

Okay – so no joke, we test out Daniel Smith DuoChrome and Interference colours.

I was pretty stoked… and then not so much because there is very little difference between these and the acrylic interference colours. (Which I use on my watercolour paintings to get iridescent and pearl or interference colour effects.)

But I guess it’s good to know that they’re available in watercolour.