Green Monster

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Green Monster Notes

The green monster called jealousy is a powerful foe for artists. He is strong and hard to overcome. Green sneaks into our hearts and minds frequently. Each time someone else has more sales, more publicity and recognition, gets into a show we didn’t, or wins the prize we thought we deserved.

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Green is a problem for all of us, no matter our career or station in life. Anyone who says they don’t fight with the monster is either in denial or a big fat liar.  Artists suffer because we are vulnerable. We don’t work in an office or factory. Our work is out there in public, for all to see. We are critiqued by other artists, gallery and museum directors, and the society at large. We can’t hide behind anyone else. In order to sell and continue to be an artist, we must expose ourselves to constant criticism. We must see the stories of huge sales and successful exhibits of other artists all over social media. It is easy to feel jealous and left out. Artists worry a lot about being marginalized in our careers. Too many artists follow the “cool people”, desperately trying to fit in with the right crowd. It can be demeaning. Green begins to show up regularly.

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I recently struggled with green for control because I was rejected from an exhibition in my town. The subject was about an area of Florida that I have painted for some years. I made an effort to do a good painting for the exhibition and was rejected.  I went through all of the battles with green over this, but came out on the other side a better person and artist. I can wish the successful artists happiness and congratulations now with an open heart. No matter how long we are artists, we must face rejection despite the good work and effort we put into our art. We continue to battle with green over and over again.

What is important here is the recognition of jealousy for what it is, owning up to it and facing it down with maturity. Moving on to better thoughts is the way to win the war if not the individual battles. As long as we can face the fact that jealousy is part of humanity and that we will continue to battle with it in our lives, we can win the war.  Not facing up to these jealous thoughts and ignoring them leads to ugly underhanded behavior. Here is to grappling with our own egos and coming out a better soul.

More musings for artists and collectors to come………

Today’s Recipe

Cheeseball

1 cup chopped toasted pecans ( I put mine of a sheet pan, sprayed with a little pam, saltedat 350 for a few minutes)

3 slices of cooked bacon, drained and diced

1 green onion diced

1 package ranch dressing powder

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

16 oz cream cheese

combine all ingredients except the pecans, shape into a ball. Coat with pecans and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until ready to serve. let stay at room temperature for 20 minutes. Serve with crackers.

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