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December 3, 2012

Occasionally I’m overcome with fear.

Some little demon of despair perches on my left shoulder, drags his fingertips across my heart and utters wicked things like, “You’ll never make anything interesting. This art of yours is nothing but a hobby and it shows.”

I try to suppress it, but it rises to the surface like bubbles of air in a tar pit.

The only way to overcome this smoky little demon (and the things he whispers in my ear) is to take him in my hands and turn his ugly little face toward the light.

Then I make something and try my very best with it. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I get it just right, but either way I have to try my very best. And everything is good practice.

I’m not good at giving advice and even worse at taking it but the best thing I know is to try not to let fear hold me back.

So be a brave soldier and carry on. Face it head on, dismantle it and reckon with it however you can.

It only feels malevolent. In reality it can’t hurt you because it’s imaginary in every way. 🙂

A cow parley seed head, common spindle branches and pages from an old dictionary fashioned into origami stars. Humble materials, good practice.

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  • Reply Robert Burnett December 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

    blimey , gloom to encouragement in 60 seconds …. now thats fast !!!

    • Reply Veronica December 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Did I manage to surprise you Robbie? Didn’t think so. LOL 🙂

  • Reply juliatomiak December 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love your art, and your message, ’cause I’ve got a little devil like that on my shoulder too. You cleverly led us, through bits of word and picture, to a beautiful conclusion. Thanks!

    • Reply Veronica December 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Hmm, I thought so Julia, that little guy gets around! 🙂

  • Reply Sara v December 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Love that!! Beautiful and stars can almost always pull you out of the dark 🙂

    • Reply Veronica December 4, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Stars do that, don’t they Sara? I was thinking of folding some fish (easier) but they didn’t have the same feeling. 🙂

  • Reply Penny December 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Your arrangement is exquisite! No need for doubt, although I’m well acquainted with that little man too!
    Penny x

    • Reply Veronica December 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

      Hello Penny, my good mail friend. Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Reply Linda H. December 4, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Nice post and so well timed. I needed to read this today.

    And I love the last photo with the shadows.

    • Reply Veronica December 4, 2012 at 2:45 am

      Oh good Linda, I’m glad. Got to knock that nasty little guy off your shoulder too huh? 🙂

  • Reply joyweesemoll December 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for this! I needed this advice just now. Love the stars!

    • Reply Veronica December 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Joy 🙂 I love stars too, so festive.

  • Reply Amanda Socci, Freelance Writer December 5, 2012 at 1:46 am

    This blog post is so clever, Veronica. A perfect example of storyelling through pictures. Loved the recyclable materials. Your origami stars are perfect. Who needs Michael’s when you can do it yourself!

    • Reply Veronica December 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Thank you Amanda. I love little origami folds. They look so shabby chic, don’t they? 🙂

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