I knew there was an annual dragon boat race in my town (Portland, Oregon), but I just learned there is an annual dragon boat art show to go with it. What? You mean artwork with dragons all over the walls? I'm in! Well, I wanted to get in....so I created a painting with an awesome dragon boat. I titled it, "Dragon Slayers".
I imagined a team of bad-ass women killing it. They wouldn't give up even in a helluva storm. They'd rise with the dragon, so of course, I had to title it, "Dragon Slayers". You get it, right? I wanted to look at them rowing in rain with lightening flashing and feel inspired to meet my challenges too.
As usual, it was hard to get started painting. I always have my doubts. I don't know if it will turn out or if I'll like it. Fortunately, I have some awesome, supportive friends who also create art. I called up one friend and told him I was worried about it and he gave me a great pep talk. He said to just do it. Just paint. Don't think it has to be perfect. Don't think of it as being an indication of who you are. Don't take it personally. Get some distance and just enjoy doing the work. Instantly, his words made me take the pressure off myself. I put paint to paper.
Surprisingly, the painting came easier after my friend's pep talk. I really enjoyed pushing the paint around and making the dragon boat and dragon slayers come to life. When I finished, I submitted it to the juried art show. There were over a hundred submissions. I wasn't sure if I'd get in. I thought that if nothing else, I was proud of the painting I created.
2 weeks later, I was on pins and needles. Had I gotten in this dragon art show? I wanted to know. I really hoped so. Friends asked me if I had heard any news yet. No. Not yet. Then I received my congratulatory message. I was in! I made the cut! Whoo hoo! Now, you can come see my "Dragon Slayers" painting in the show. It opens on June 2nd and runs through August 30th. Click on the link to get all the details of the event. I hope to see you there.