Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Admission and Acceptance

I think one of the hardest things anyone who is 'creative' can do is to actually stand up and say "I am an artist" or "I am a writer", out loud and for the world to hear.  A few years ago, I literally did that - stood up and acknowledged I am an artist.  

This admission came under fire recently and I had to step up and really put my money where my mouth is.  A lady had come into the library a few weeks ago and was checking out 2-3 books on Photoshop.  We got to talking and I told her I knew Photoshop and if she had any questions, I would be glad to help if I could.  I gave her my website and we parted ways.

The two weeks ago I got a phone call at the library.  It was this same lady who wanted me to tutor her in Photoshop basics.  It seems she is an artist who had entered a show and needed to do some things in Photoshop for this show.  She had an additional issues in that she could only spend about one hour a day in front of the computer due to eye issues.  She wanted my help and would pay me for tutoring her.

I was extremely flattered and all puffed up as I hung up the phone and then my 'inner critic' paid a call too.  Who was I to think I knew anything about Photoshop and especially to get paid to pass on that lack of knowledge?  But I went anyway and much to my surprise and delight, I did know at least the basics and could answer her questions!

Next week with be three lessons in Photoshop I will have tutored.  Next week also starts school again and a couple of the books for my graphic arts classes are looking so yummy!  I can't wait to play again and learn some more techniques.

This experience puts me one step closer (I think) to actually looking at putting my artwork out into the world.  Maybe...

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