The Art Gallery That Exists
The other day I was out with my wife at Starbucks drinking a peppermint tea (I love peppermint). We sat talking about nerdy things like whether a cure for aging would change cultural norms surrounding suicide or affect people’s risk aversion in a statistically significant way.
“That’s funny,” she said.
“The art on the wall behind you, I thought it was cute, they got some middle schoolers to hang their art up.”
I looked, and I saw what was funny. It wasn’t middle school art, it was a local artist selling her work. Flat, watercolor portraits and semi-abstract, still life paintings hung frameless above the couches.
It was amusing for a moment, but then I remembered how much hate mail I get along with support for my writing here and for my other projects.
It's easy to talk smack about someone who puts their work up in public
It’s easy to talk smack about someone who puts their work up in public. That artist put together a body of work and got a local business to display it. It took dedication, talent, and perseverance to create her makeshift art gallery. Where was my gallery that would allow me to sit in judgment of her accomplishments?
I’ve said it before: the gallery that exists is better than the perfect gallery that doesn’t. Good for her for creating something and putting it into the world.
It’s not just about paintings or writing though. Everyone has a gallery of their own in their heart. Does your gallery exist?
The Rules of Improv
After many years of being a fan and going through workshops, I recently auditioned for, and was cast in an improv troupe that does weekly shows in downtown Jacksonville. The reason I got involved was that it was just fun—I laughed until I cried, and the workshops energized me. Somewhere in between all that fun and energy though, I accidentally found some **profound life lessons**. The first thing people say when I tell them about improv or they see a show is “I could never do that.” That's always followed by either “I'm not quick enough” or “I'm not funny...
Be Consistent To Be Successful
It's relatively easy to be great. Most of “great” is just putting in the time and practice. The factor that divides the successful from the average is not greatness. It's consistency. No matter how busy or distracted or distraught you are, if you show up every day and do what you do, and you do it and do it and do it and do it, you will win. Go do it.