Photo By Me, Cheryl Larkin
One of the things I have been working on in the last few months is truly honoring myself, and respecting my talent and my time. I need to believe that I do have something special to offer with my art, and I am happy to say that I am finally doing it. I am finally believing in my worth.
I have struggled with this for various reasons. Painting is such a wonderful, spiritual experience for me and I get so much joy out of it, that I had trouble putting a price on the resulting painting. I thought, well this is therapy for me, so why should I get paid for it. I allowed that limiting thought to keep me from appreciating my art as others do, but finally my eyes have been opened.
I have recently had multiple people tell how much they love my art and the energy and what I am spreading out into the world. They have been telling me that I need to recognize that I offer something special that not everyone can offer. Thankfully, all the wonderful things they have said have broken through my defenses and I finally get it.
I am an artist.
I bring value to the world with my art.
I have a unique energy that is shared in my art.
I have a gift.
I am an artist!
I am now valuing my time, my skills, my unique talents, what I have to offer to the world, and I am better for it. I realized that just because I truly enjoy painting doesn’t mean there isn’t value to it. In fact, I think there is more value to it because I get so much joy from it. That joy I get from painting shows up in my paintings where others can feel it as well. And who can’t use more joy?
I am constantly evolving as are my paintings and I am loving every minute of it. I have grown so much and I know I will continue to grow and as I grow so does my art. A piece of me is definitely embedded in each painting but I know I have an unlimited supply of pieces of me to share with the world. And I am thrilled to be able to share it all.
In honoring myself, I am honoring every person who sees and/or purchases my art. And I love that!