5" x 7" gouache on aquabord
Synonyms for trust: confidence, hope, faith, belief, conviction, expectation, dependence, reliance.
Definition of trust: 1. assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something 2. one in which confidence is placed 3. hope for the future
Every time I lock eyes with my dog I see this trust there that I don't see with anyone else. Her trust is absolute, with a very childlike faith. She believes that I will always be there for her, that I will do my best by her. And when I see her watching me with those soulful eyes, or feel her soft muzzle rest on my feet while I paint, I think of how lucky I am to have someone who believes in me so much with a faith that is never failing.
Trust is a powerful thing.
It's something every artist must have. Not the trust of someone else in what you can do, or who you are, like my sweet dog, but trust in yourself. The belief that what you are doing, whatever you're doing, matters. That it will have an impact with someone. That it will bring you whatever it is you're looking for that made you want to become an artist in the first place.
That you can succeed. However it may be that you define that word for yourself.
That's where true confidence begins. Inside you, not from the approval, or acclaim of anyone else. It all begins with you.
Until Tuesday my friends.