Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In a world where you can be ANYTHING, Be KIND

I ripped-off a T-shirt quote for my title. I saw my yoga teacher wearing it and it made me think for a long time. Ergo, it goes in my blog. I started thinking about how this applies to artists. I feel fortunate to have met so many wonderful artists in the past few years. There are some that stand out not only for their mad painting skills but for being amazing people. They make me want to be a better person. They are kind, generous and humble.

I have picked up a few lessons from them. These may sound preachy but I am preaching to myself more than anyone else. A reminder to my current and future self.

Be kind while commenting on another artists work, be it a friend or stranger, no matter the setting, casual or an official. Artists are sensitive about what they create. The key is to be genuine. I believe people can easily tell if you are being fake. Besides, no matter the level of an artist, there is always something good going on in a painting. If you have an open mind, you will see it and you can give a genuine compliment. Any artist could use encouragement.

Be kind to someone who is new to any event, art club, figure session or art group. Help someone new with their gear and try to encourage them. If you go painting with a friend, be aware of their needs and be accommodating. The best people are kind, irrespective of the circumstances. Even in a competition setting, they put people first. In the grand scheme of things, one competition is not going to make or break you.

Most of all, don't forget to be kind to yourself. As artists we are our worst enemies, always expecting too much and never satisfied with what we create. You know the horrible boss from our nightmares; that's us. Always remember how far you have come and when someone pays you a compliment accept it and allow it to make you feel positive about your work.

In conclusion I would like to quote Justin Timberlake, who so succintly crooned "What goes around, goes around, goes around, comes all the way back around". So, next time an opportunity presents, remember to choose kindness.


  1. Thanks for the lovely post. Kindness, if only we had more of that!

  2. Love reading your blogs, very positive and inspirational! Thanks for sharing with us, Bhavani!

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  4. This is so lovely Bhavani. You make me smile today.