What is the Scariest Thing you Face as an Artist? | Overcoming Your Fears

I’m not an artist, so I can’t understand all of the challenges and difficulties you face. However, as an artist working to sell your art, you are a small-business owner, and as a fellow small-business owner, I have faced many of the same issues you have faced in building your business.

At this point, my gallery has attained a certain level of stability. Though there will always be bumps along the road, experience has given me a certain level of placidity about the day to day issues that arise in any business. I know that things work themselves out.

This wasn’t always the case. For the long, initial years of our business, I spent many sleepless nights worrying about how we were going to get through our challenges. How were we going to pay next month’s rent? What could we do to increase sales? What would I do if the whole gallery thing didn’t work out?

I could taste my fear.

I don’t mean to imply that I don’t still have concerns about the future, there will always be some level of uncertainty in any business, but at this point, it’s exactly that, concern, not fear.

Growing up in an artist’s home (remember, my father is the painter, John Horejs), I saw first-hand the adversity that comes into the life of a struggling artist (and his/her family)!

Just to provide a short list, I’ve observed that many artists experience the following challenges:

  • Fear of Failure. This is a pretty universal fear, no matter what your undertaking, but for artists, the fear of failure attacks on several levels. First, there is a fear that your work itself might be a failure – that you will be unable to live up to your vision because you aren’t able to master your technique or craft. There is also the fear that the public won’t catch your vision or respond to your work in a positive way.
  • Fear of Criticism. This one is related to the first, but I know that many artists are afraid that other artists or art “experts” will find their work lacking. I’m sure that many of you have been on the receiving end of harsh criticism. It’s not fun, and not every critic is good at turning their criticism into constructive criticism.
  • Fear of the Unknown. This is one that I can understand directly. As you work to establish your art business, it’s likely that there is much that you won’t understand right out of the gate. How can you get your work in front of potential buyers? If you are showing your work directly to buyers, what will you say when discussing your work with potential buyers? How will you handle the mechanics of a sale if someone does buy? How do you ship and install artwork? What about sales tax? Income tax? Just thinking about all the moving parts that are required to run a business is enough to make the heart palpitate. It’s especially overwhelming when you are first establishing yourself.
  • Artistic Uncertainty. As an artist, you make critical decisions about the direction of your work that will make a huge impact on your creative direction. What if you choose poorly at some point and go down a creative dead-end?
  • Lack of Support. Okay, that’s a nice way of saying it. The fear I often hear expressed by artists is that friends and family will think you are crazy for pursuing your art instead of something stable. They probably have good reasons for thinking this, and they likely have your best interest at heart, but it’s also clear they don’t understand how important your art is to you.

I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of the fears you face as an artist, and I hope you’ll share others in the comments below. Whatever your fears are, however, the important question is how can you overcome them?

I have several suggestions from my experience as a business owner. I don’t mean to imply that fear can be easily overcome, nor that these suggestions will revolutionize your life by helping you instantly vanquish your fear. You can start conquering your fear by doing the following exercises:

    • Face Your Fear. Over the years, I’ve learned that hiding from my fears, or burying them somewhere in the recesses of my mind, only serves to compound the impact of my fear. I’ve also discovered that when I deny my fears, they can poison my outlook on life and my ability to take action. It is better to identify what you fear, call it what it is, and start working toward a resolution.
    • Get to Work. Fear can be paralyzing. Giving into that paralysis doesn’t help resolve your challenge, and time has a tendency to compound your problems. No matter how daunting the challenge is, I’ve found it’s best to just start working, even if it seems like the small amount I’ll be able to do today won’t make a dent in the problem. Most problems are eventually overcome by the myriad of small actions you take to resolve them. I’ve discovered that the opposite of fear is action.
    • Make a Plan. In conjunction with getting to work, I try to approach problems and challenges systematically. For me, that usually means making a list. I love to-do lists. Listing what needs to happen to tackle a problem, and then checking off work as it is completed is therapeutic, and listing out each step of the process helps me see my problems in a different light.
    • Obtain Knowledge. The more you know, the less you fear. Learn everything you can about your art and your business. Some of your fears are irrational – based not on a potential negative outcome, but rather on your lack of knowledge.
    • Network – Build a Support System. It’s hard to imagine there’s a single difficulty that you are facing that hasn’t been seen and overcome by someone else in your community. Network with other artists or business owners to draw from their wisdom. This kind of networking shouldn’t be a one-way street. If you look for help in your network, you should also be willing to share your experiences and help those in your network when they are in need.
    • Identify the Worst Case Outcome. This one is going to sound a bit counter-intuitive, because we’re always told to be positive and think about the best-case scenario. Doing exactly the opposite, however, can help you conquer your fears. If there’s something I’m afraid of, I’ve found that thinking seriously about the worst-case can help sooth my nerves. When a problem looms unexamined, my tendency is to think of it in a vague, “this problem could signify the end of the world” kind of way. Thinking about what will really happen if the situation unfolds in the worst way possible usually shows me that the negative outcome is  less serious than my imagination might have made it out to be. Better still, it’s rare that everything will occur according to your worst-case outlook. This means that as events unfold, you will have the pleasure of saying “well, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!” In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I’ve taken this idea (and many other thoughts on overcoming fear) from a book, which leads me to the next suggestion:
    • Read Dale Carnegie’s  Book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” This book is brilliant. It’s been years since I’ve read it, but it’s safe to say that it has a daily impact on my daily life and outlook.

  • Talk Out Your Problem Or Conflict with The Other Party. Finally, I would recommend that you reach out to whomever may be on the other side of your fearful scenario and work with them to overcome your problem. For example, in 2008, after the economy had tanked and very little art was selling, I found it impossible to pay the gallery’s monthly rent. I lost night after night of sleep as I tried to figure out what to do. I imagined the landlord locking us out of the building and our business dissolving. Days turned into weeks as we got further and further behind. It was soon clear that we were going to end up several months in arrears. I eventually screwed up my courage and called the owner of the building for a heart-to-heart conversation. I explained what was happening and the problems we were facing. Our landlord would have been well within his rights to shut us down, and I know this happened to many businesses. I was fully prepared for this to happen (see my worst-case scenario tip above), but it turned out that our landlord was accommodating instead. I’m sure that he could see what was happening in the economy and realized that if we failed, he would likely be sitting with an empty storefront. He asked me what I thought we might be able to do to solve the situation, and together we came up with a plan to modify the lease so that we had a shot at making it through the recession. Here we are all these years later, but we wouldn’t be if I hadn’t faced my fears and made that phone call. I’ve had other situations where the outcome wasn’t so positive, but I’ve always found that I’m better off talking it out with the other party and trying to work out the problem.
  • Gain Experience. As I mentioned earlier, it’s not that I no longer have anything to be afraid of, it’s just that now, having faced and overcome many challenges, I know that every problem has a solution, and that everything can be worked out.

Remember, courageous people aren’t those who have no fear, but rather those who face their fear and overcome it.

What are your Fears, and How do you Overcome Them?

What are the things that you’ve been most afraid of in your art career? What are the things that you most fear right now? How have you overcome your fears? What advice would you give to an artist who is facing fear right now? Share your thoughts, experiences and suggestions in the comments below.

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49 Comments

  1. I think the worst fear I have is failure, as I left my comfort zone ( a secure well paid job but how unhappy I was….)a few years ago to finally be myself fully and pursue my art… I have basically no B plan and worse, do not give myself a B plan. The other fear I have is my high anxiety which has put me on the panic mode regarding talking in front of a crowd of people about my work. Being focused on my goals I have to go through that though and overcome it. In this logic, I will soon be giving my first lecture about my work and I want to be ready for it at %100. There is no magic spell to overcome our fears or make them go away, other than work, staying focused and organized and go face the world. We have to be brave, there is no other trick.

    1. Elodie, if you want to improve your public speaking skills I would like to suggest you join Toastmasters, a very supportive organization which has helped people all over the world learn how to overcome their fear of public speaking. It worked for me.

  2. Great article! My nightmare is being buried in paintings such that I can’t get into my studio to paint more. She who dies with the most Paintings wins! I’m getting close!

    1. Early on in my art adventure I read a phrase that stuck with me: “The road to success is paved with rejections.” So in my filing cabinet I made two files, one “Art Shows Accepted” and one “Art Shows Rejected.” It didn’t take long to realize that a piece of art that was rejected in one show might actually win an award in a different show. Judges and curators are all different.

    2. Ha! Ha! That made me laugh Kathy. I know some Artists who will beat you I’m sure..but they sell a lot as well, being very prolific. Guess the price is having lots of paintings around. I am not prolific and do a lot of commission work so it goes out the door; even so my own are definitely mounting up here too!!!

  3. I am afraid that I am too old to “make it” as an artist. I am not giving up though, in fact, I am working very hard to improve my art with workshops, painting every day, and learning what I can. I will continue trying to “make it” until I am 70 years old (almost 67 now). Art was and still is my dream! I just want to supplement retirement income now.

      1. Me, too, Jodi and Elizabeth….. and I just went back to school three years ago!! I’m now a full time artist and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in and of itself is a success! I am humbled every time another piece of my work is sold….and just enough thrilled to spur my NEXT piece!!! 😉

    1. Hi Jodi.
      I won’t be on the webinar tomorrow but just wanted to respond as a 71 year old who started out on the artist dream about a decade ago after retiring from public education 9as an art teacher). It took awhile and a couple of kicks in the pants but I’ve “crossed over” to being an artist. EASY TO SAY- HARD TO DO SOMETIMES
      1- Do art every day- even if it’s a sketch.
      2- Think art all the time. (Leonardo and Einstein used to do thought experiments) I’ve found I can do Art experiments even when I’m not in the studio.
      3- “Do not apologize for what you haven’t done. No-one cares (gives a d–n).” That’s a quote from an artist to me that made the difference.
      4- if you are not sure you are an artist pretend you are and practice what you think that is- or what you are pretending to be.
      Good Luck- Us old ones need all the company we can get.

    2. There was a study published in professional artist magazine that said visual artists don’ t reach their full potential until they’re 80 years old! So don’t give up at 70 if you still love doing it 🙂

  4. I am not really afraid of much concerning my art, but just knowing what the next step is or should be can seem overwhelming, as there is no one clear path. As you said in the article, Jason, I think just putting one foot in front of the other is best. I’ve tried many things that have failed but am that much closer to success now.

  5. I used to fear what people would think of my art, and that they wouldn’t like it. But our building hosts open studios once a month, along with a few other annual events. I’ve learned that you never know what’s going to pop out of someone’s mouth, particularly in this no-filter age. And I no longer take it (quite as) personally when someone doesn’t like my art, or criticizes it. The whole point of buying art is that people should find art that speaks to them personally, and that they want to look at every day, and that’s obviously going to vary from person to person.

    I also highly recommend Art & Fear, which someone gave me as a gift once. It contains many words of wisdom!

  6. I want to add a very thin and straight-forward book hopefully still in print. “Art and Fear”. Mine is dog-eared but it’s not a cure all.
    My biggest fear is self-trust. I have a long historic battle with self-confidence. It’s weird, because I have done some fairly audacious projects with success. They have come from a deep place that resonates with a surety of success.

    I don’t see myself as a visionary business person which is why I send you a monthly payment. I think it boils down to “the market”. My experience is not the experience of my would be collectors. You make the point that they expect a whole series of things and most of it centers on quality and appropriateness.

    If I don’t travel in those circles, how can I work out what those circles are looking for? This fear goes to an issue of “niche” I’m guessing. how to find it and leverage it (the niche).

    1. This appears to be the big issue for all of us – FEAR. All of your honesty is very moving for me. I especially liked Stephen’s comments and advice, but what it really boils down to for me is the SUPPORT, which is what I really feel here. I am very fearful of failing and it affects me daily. I also taught art to middle school children for 20 years because I felt I had to raise my son the conventional way, but I can admit now at age 58 that I was scared. So now I use the age thing and “It’s too late,” which I read here more than once. I grew up very middle class with two high functioning alcoholic parents who were unable to nurture or support my sensitivity and artistic gift. I grew so uncomfortable doing my job and not having time to do art that I just jumped off the ledge. I retired at the 1st of the year to paint full time so I’m in the middle of transitioning and it’s very difficult to stick to a self prescribed schedule! I could go on and on. THANK ALL of YOU for sharing and being supportive of each other. I’m so tired of feeling like I have to compete with other artists when they’re just like me.

  7. My two greatest fears are running out of cash flow and running out of time. I am currently producing the best work that i have ever produced in 65 years of practicing. How much time do i have left in this amazing lifetime to produce even better work? George Burns lived to past 100 by staying creative every day. That is one goal that I am aiming for and including in my spiritual life. I do not fear dying – only dying too soon.
    My cash flow fears are like everyone else. The reality for me is in my history. I have always had sufficient cash to get by even during the hardest days of my life and art practice. It wasn’t always pleasant but i was somehow looked after if i didn’t give up.
    I still experience my fears but meditation prayer and faith in an unknowable mystery of the caring universe gratefully gets me by.
    Barry@barrystrasbourgthompson.com

    1. I like your spirit, Barry. I’m up there with you and have only been able to get going with my art in the last few years. Happily, I have time for it now and it’s starting to sell, so any of my “Oh, I’m ready to go anytime” thoughts have all disappeared and, like you, I just don’t want it to happen too soon. I have artistic miles to go before I sleep! Fortunately, my grandmother lived to 103 and was still with it at the end. Let us live long and prosper…

  8. My fear is that I will waste the canvas. materials are not cheap. and that canvas is so bare and big!
    I look at every undertaking as a learning experience and try to challenge myself so that keeps me going.
    Also, I am afraid that I will run out of things to paint (I know–dumb–but when I have painted something successfully I tend to do it again, and I don’t want to be “stale.” So the challenge is to do it somewhat differently.
    I love to paint. I will never “make it” either, but that’s okay. Whatever income I get from it is better than getting nothing. And I have made people happy so that’s all good.

    1. Chet-
      I will not be on the webinar tomorrow but feel the need to share this with you. (apologies to Jason for “sticking my oar in”.
      You will make it because you love to paint.
      Every time you pick up that brush loaded with that glorious paint and head to the canvas- it’s new and different. So nothing is the same even though perhaps it might be the same scene.
      I’ve never seen your work so instructional advice is with a large proviso. Let’s say you make a panting of a rundown house on a fairly empty landscape. People love it. You don’t want to paint it again but you love it too.
      Paint it again, but from a point of view at 90° to the one you first did.
      OR- and this a good exercise anyway- Change the position of he horizon line 1/3 u from the bottom or 1/3 down from the top.
      Speaking of horizon lines, Check out Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” and that line. This changed my life even though most of my work is abstract.
      Toss all of this if it doesn’t help. Best wishes. Remember that artists practice.

      1. Dearest Stephen–Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. I will definitely keep your contribution in mind. And good luck to you.

    2. One of my favorite art teachers, Judith Geichman, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, used to say, “Do 10 more” whenever we had created a successful piece. It’s great advice. Sometimes we luck into a great painting or drawing, and if we can’t “do 10 more,” we don’t really have the tools or concepts that made the piece successful. I look at Cezanne, painting that same mountain over and over, as a role model.

  9. the fear of being overlooked. Of not being seen. Hard to measure success in dollars for that would make many of the best artists failures. But the need to have my work seen drives me as much as anything. I believe in my work ethic and my vision. but I do like to be seen by others

  10. Great article, the part about “get to work” really resonates with me. I am always working on something, as soon a s piece is done, others are started. When in doubt, get to work! I have never worried too much about people liking my work, there are all types of art out there, people have different tastes, my work will appeal to some, not all, I’m fine with that.

  11. I didn’t see this one when I read everyone’s responses–fear of Success. I’m afraid that a gallery will want more art than I can produce and therefore I’ll fail in supplying them. So I hold back because I’m not sure I’m ready. I have to force myself to keep reaching out to galleries and hoping I’ll be ready when they respond. I’ve just started that outreach and I’ve had some positive response but no representation yet. Have to keep following back and not be afraid.

  12. This might be an odd one…but I’ve just begun working full-time as an artist the last few years. My work is getting a good response and is selling. I have a new solo show coming up this spring and my one fear is that someone will ask me (commission) to do something I either don’t know how to do or don’t have the courage to take on. Have already been asked about doing much larger paintings. I’d be delighted with the request, of course, but terrified about my ability to carry it off.

    This was a great column, Jason, with good questions.

  13. Wow Jason, thank you for being honest about your struggles during the recession when you were behind on the gallery loan payments. What you did took real courage! You had a goal and didn’t run when things got too tough. I don’t own a gallery, but my situation is similar in that I make my living from art sales. I love what I do, have been painting for many years, and want to continue. I, too, go through some very harrowing times when sales don’t keep up with the bills! Hearing how you survived is encouraging!! I think the very hardest thing for me, is when people I care about make things worse during bad times by criticizing me for not getting a job?! Maybe they think that making me feel guilty will somehow cause me to give up? Thanks again for being so honest about your road to success!

    1. Getting a job for awhile to pay the bills doesn’t necessarily mean giving up. It could give an artist the freedom to create without worrying so much about the bills.

  14. Well written Jason! I, like Jodi, fear I’m too old to really make it as an artist (59). I fear my personality is a hindrance (introvert). I fear my work doesn’t have the universal appeal that may be required. One thing I have noticed though, is that my fear becomes crippling when I attach meaning to something that happens. THIS happened, and it must mean “x”. I’m practicing approaching things with a more “wait and see ” attitude. It also helps when I remember back to the very first time I showed my work, talked to a potential customer or entered a show. That’s when I realize I have come a long way, and can walk through the present fear as well!

  15. Like Barry, my biggest fear is running out of time. I am just finishing work for my latest solo exhibtion in April, to celebrate my 80th birthday.
    I still have so much to explore and accomplish, so many paintings to create that capture Tasmania ‘s wonderful landscape. I am working on my fear by re-establishing a regular exercise routine. At this point in life it is not only time but an energy and health budget that has to be managed. Being positive is the best aid we have.

  16. Hi, Laurie–That’s the spirit!! Get rid of that fatalistic thinking and just work and pray hard. And you are never too old to produce something beautiful. Forget about getting famous. That’s a trap. Just do your very best and it will all be good.

  17. For those of you who are like me in the mature years of creating and fretting that it may be too late. Check out http://www.carterburdengallery.org They are located in Chelsea and for now only take submissions from local artists. “The goal of the Carter Burden Gallery is to create a dialogue with the arts community supporting our belief that older, lesser-known artists must not be overlooked due to age or decreased marketability in the current art scene. We demonstrate the transformative nature of art; the work we exhibit is vibrant, cutting-edge and important regardless of the artist’s age…” There is hope.

  18. Fear of social media. It feels like the best way to get seen is social media…but itts hard if you’re naturally shy…..the critiquing you get from strangers can be brutal!I guess this ties in with a fear of failure…or success maybe?

  19. I am identifying with several of the comments about age. Here I am at 80. I trained to be a painter mid-life, but then a lot of hard scrambling prevented me from moving forward and to be honest at times my own fears as well. My largest body of work was abstract monotype mixed media several years ago. One small gallery was excited about my work but the sales weren’t there. So again I sat with my fears instead of exploring where to go next. Time passing became a chasm very hard to cross. Today’s column makes me feel very hopeful that I can create this dream of just being a working artist with something of value to give.

  20. Commitment is my issue. I’m 69 years old and apart from community college drawing classes, I’m untrained. I have images and designs in my mind, but I feel overwhelmed by the hard work it is going to take to build skills. I showed samples of my art to a gallery owner and she said I had talent and some good skills and encouraged me to keep working. I just keep freezing up. I have a ton of paint and a dozen canvases and I freeze. This blog has been very encouraging. How do you get over the inertia?

  21. I guess my biggest fear is still rejection. I’m trying to do the best work I can; my work has been juried into some very prestigious shows; I’ve shown my work in galleries and had it sell; and still I’m terrified of approaching galleries for representation. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but there it is — I’m terrified of rejection. I know the worst thing that can happen is I go home discouraged, perhaps have a good cry, but then I’ll get back to work until I muster the courage to try again, but still it terrifies me.

  22. Fear is part of the human experience regardless of your vocation. Artists are not unique or special in that respect … every person who wants to excel experiences that. You may be an entrepreneur, a scientist, a soldier … it is human to fear failure.
    Criticism bristles against the psyche … we all want to be considered at the top of our game. Who agrees with the critic? The difference is in how you handle it. If it is valid, seek to change. If it is without virtue, disregard. Only you can make that determination. One must have an iron clad ego.
    Uncertainty; who isn’t? I have rarely made decisions and embarked on a path I was completely sure I chose the right decision. We’re human.
    Unknown; so, you can predict the future? Good luck with that. A specific plan of action with information all pointing toward a specific end can be upended with events beyond your control. Manage your own little world … that’s all you can do.
    Lack of Support; assume you’re on your own … depending on spouse, family, or friends, that’s basically the bottom line. Some have more, some less … no one is going to take care of you but yourself. Get selfish.
    My only fear is health and I’m philosophical about it. Age is relative and I may be at the higher end but many artists are productive into their 80s and 90s. I plan on being in that demographic. Age and infirmity are far different. One must nurture the body and hope for the best. I hope to be productive for another two decades.
    My conclusion: do the best I can with what I’ve got, be that talent, financial resources, education, experience, health and age, personal drive … the only thing that differentiates artists from the masses is we have a calling. Honor it.

  23. Jason, at the end of your Blog you asked: “What advice would you give to an artist who is facing fear right now?” The best advice I could give would be to read today’s Red Dot Blog on “Overcoming Your Fears”! One of your best yet. Thank you.

  24. My fear is confidence. Confidence in knowing what I am doing is the right thing, confidence in my work and confidence approaching galleries to sell my work. I overcame the first part by looking why I wanted to be an artist and then researching after which I formulated a plan. I am halfway through my plan and my confidence in my work has greatly improved already. I will need to tackle the last part shortly which is selling myself and approaching galleries. It is terrifying me but I am pushing through.

  25. Hi all, Just as art has many universals, so, many of us are of similar age and are experiencing the same fears that we all faced before in our previous years. Yet here we are, facing our artist fears about ourselves and our artistic visions, and still we persist to create more and new work. Daily, we gain knowledge by continuing doing more art, staying conversant with our RedDotBlogs and listening to Jason’s lessons. We are all stronger for continuing to do our art, and participating in this artist’s community. Face your worst fears and fear not –Do more!

  26. I’ve heard that to keep one’s brain healthy, it should be challenged to do difficult and creative things. So if all else fails, at least we will keep those little grey cells fired up and active while we are having an enjoyable time doing it. To top it off, we could make some money at it and enjoy some recognition while making some great friends involved in the arts. Plus we have an excuse to throw a wine and cheese party to show off our work to friends, neighbours, family, colleagues and clients. Sometimes the party even pays for itself ! Replace fear with joy and anticipation. We’re never too old for that. So here’s to keeping our brains active while we do what we enjoy and have a talent for until we can no longer hold a brush. Cheers!

  27. I’m currently work full time in an office job to keep a roof over my head. Over the past 3 years my Art has become a paying hobby, with me completing about two pet portraits a month. The issue I have now is that my Art is now getting noticed and more work is coming in (which is a great position to be in) however there isn’t enough hours in the day and i’m scared of letting people down, producing poor quality work and being without the regular pay from my full time job. I have a book full of loads of ideas for art work, and find I can get frustrated as I never seem to have time to explore those ideas.

  28. Like Claire, above, I work full time as well. I don’t have nearly enough time to create new work and continue learning (SO much to learn!!!). As a photographer my big fear is that if I go full-time and rely on my photography, which I believe is very good (it made the cover of Xanadu’s catalog this month!) I will stop enjoying it as my creative outlet. Maybe that’s the fear of success?
    http://www.aeonjonesphoto.com

  29. My biggest fear is not finding avenues for my work and getting discouraged. I know that painting is something that keeps me content. Without time, place and energy to paint I get down. Finishing and seeing my work improve is very rewarding.

  30. I think my greatest fear is failure. Also, I’m a bit shy and know I
    will always have to deal with this problem It would be great if we could just stay in our studios and paint and all the other would just
    take care of itself, however, life doesn’t work way.

  31. I think my greatest fear is failure. Also, I’m a bit shy and know I
    will always have to deal with this problem It would be great if we could just stay in our studios and paint and all the other would just
    take care of itself, however, life doesn’t work that way.

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