Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Silver Beach - and Sponsorship Update!

Silver Beach
Oil on canvas, 10x10

People often tell me that they think I'm brave, that I have great courage, and am a risk-taker. I love hearing that - and while in the end, I do summon the courage and take the leaps, it's not easy for me. 

Under the risk-taking and the courage is a layer of fear and trepidation that I fight to rise above, pretty much on a daily basis. 

Deciding to leave my job and paint full-time was the most terrifying decision ever. 

Since painting came to me from out of the blue, I always worry that it will be taken from me, just the same way. Especially if I don't paint for a matter of days, I worry that I won't be able to paint. When I set out looking for a landscape, I worry that I won't be able to find anything.

When I go to a show, I worry that I won't sell anything, or that I'll get close and blow the sales. I worry that all the other painters will know that I am self-taught. That people will make fun of me and my paintings.

More recently, it took me a month, an entire month, to get up the courage to broach the sponsorship idea, here on the blog, where I am surrounded by friends and supporters! 

But as is usually the case, I took the plunge - and not only did nothing bad happen, but lots of good stuff happened. People are interested in the idea - even excited! Check out the list of sponsors on the blog site! 

And so I'm asking again: Please consider sponsoring me on my upcoming painting trip, "To Tubac and Back."  Your sponsorship helps me plan the trip and buy supplies - and ensures you get the 10x10 painting you want, a discount on another painting, and get a chance to win a painting of your choice, up to 36x60. 

So, courage in hand, I'm asking you to join in the fun! Click right here on this link and then find the "Donate" button in the center of the page. If you have PayPal, great. But if you don't, you can use a credit card! 

Here's my Silver Beach painting in the landscape. 

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