6/19/15 Notes to Myself: As a painter one of the ways I sell my work is through a shop on Etsy.com. And one of the things I like to create are Treasuries. To me, Treasuries are a way to celebrate fellow artists and their work. The Treasury I share here focuses on still life paintings by a number of very talented artists who also have shops on Etsy. It's called GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT. How is this related to competition? It isn't! It's about celebrating CREATIVITY! For me, the idea of competition rests in a belief that there is "not enough" to go around and it's about division vs. unity! I think the more artists can celebrate each other the better! It's that kind of energy and motivation that has the potential to change the world and inspire others. We all benefit. Creativity is about INSPIRATION. A lot of people have talent. Talent will only take you so far. It may get you started but to go the distance takes passion, commitment and courage. By recognizing the gifts in others, I affirm their efforts and spirit as well as my own. In a way we become one. At the start of the day...the only person I truly can compete with is myself...and that's not even necessary when I know I am enough as I am. Not better or worse but pretty much the same as the next human being.