Mariner from my new book "Atmospheric watercolours"
People never cease to amaze me!
Usually I am so upbeat when I write as this is my natural personality. I love seeing the good in life I am never happier than when I am surrounded by friends and loved ones. When I meet other artists of all levels I see the positives in their work. If my friends and colleagues succeed I am so happy for them.
But I couldn't help seeing a comparison over recent sporting events and the art world.
This weekend saw Andy Murray lose at Wimbledon. He had worked so hard to gain his worthy place in the finals So much so that when he was beaten his speech to the crowd was made in tears due to the intense emotion he could not hide. This is a man who has been criticized in the past for never showing his emotions. And now the public are criticizing him because he has. Instead of the focus being on how much he has achieved and how brilliant he is as a player to even make the finals, talk has been mainly about his reaction to losing.
Before that we witnessed one of my favourite racehorses win in England. Black Caviar flew from Australia and won on unfamilar ground but was there excited feedback at her incredible number of wins and the fact that she did win? No, the focus has been on how she won with so many negative comments on her performance.
Maybe it is people in general but why when someone does so well is it easy to knock them down? It is as if people simply have to find the negative in others to make themselves feel happy.
Why do I compare this to the art world? I know several artists who have won prizes recently or who have had fantastic success in galleries or exhibitions. Instead of giving positive feedback the "grumpies" in life have to find something to grumble about. They can't possibly celebrate someone elses' success no matter how small or well deserved it is.
If we were all colours from our palettes I would be a bright shiny yellow or vibrantly glowing orange. The grumpies would be shades of miserable grey .
So this is a very different post from me,
Please be a bright pigment and leave the negative shades to others!
Dull shades kill the life and spark in a painting and similarly dull attitudes don't exactly encourage success around you either!