Oh the dreaded contest! I never thought I’d have a love-hate relationship with art contests. I’ve entered all sorts, art store contests where you have your art framed and follow specific hanging guidelines to digital contests. The best thing is that contests give you practice to follow specific briefs. They get your work out into the world. The part I always struggle with is maintaining my confidence and not compare yourself to others. It’s hard to not get down about not winning. Keep on trying!


“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

To believe impossible things is truly the work of all creatives, artists, writers, poets.  In fact it may be the secret in this world for those who create. Because sometimes the world is kind and sunny and joyful but sometimes the world is cruel and cold and stormy.  There are plenty of people who will tell you that you aren't good enough or you're not like this person or that person. And you're not! You are you! And you need to be the most you or more you as the caterpillar tells Alice. Otherwise you won't even recognize the you you are becoming! And it's hard. It's not hard in the back breaking sense of working on a farm all day. It's hard in your head more than anything else! So, what do you do, curl up and hide under the covers. Ok, maybe for a day but then you have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and keep going and be more you! You are the only you we've got on the planet and we need you!