Thursday, January 12, 2012

Trust SOLD

'Trust' SOLD
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.

Huzzah. :)

Until Tuesday my friends.

32 comments:

  1. I have a pic of my dog on the computer screen with that same look in her eyes. I love it. :)

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  2. Perfect way to start my day! Thank you!

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  3. Lovely Crystal, you can feel the trust in those eyes. Still find it hard to find when putting the brush to paper, it can be a bit elusive, showing up one day and no where to be found the next...But I figure half the battle is to show up, every day, and see what is there! I love this painting, Crystal.

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  4. Beautiful piece and perfect subject for the word trust. It is so true. Now I am going to go give my dog a hug.

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  5. I am spellbound.. I just lost trust in myself..

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  6. Beautiful soulful painting Crystal!

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  7. Beautiful painting and post. My dog and the horse I ride do the very same for me...they remind me too that I am loved unconditionally.

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  8. Don't you just love it when they give you that look, and you have captured it beautifully.

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  9. What a sweet painting, Crystal! I think dogs give the unconditional trust looks more than other companion pets, but even my kitty looks at me like this :).

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  10. Special one, Crystal. Trust is very important in every aspect of our lives from trust in God right down to trust in our own abilities to be the best we can be in all aspects of our lives. I trust you are having a great day!

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  11. Oh my... You just reached right in to my heart with this post. Different breeds but the same beautiful eyes...
    It is such a beautiful painting. And I do need to trust myself a little more. It's that confidence thing again! :0)

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  12. Wonderful post! You captured you puppy's character so perfectly. I understand the look of love a dog can have for his/her person, I miss it very much. There's nothing like it!

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  13. I've said it before and I'll say it again ... just as I think you can't do any better, you do. This is such a beautiful painting. Not just the skilful brushwork but the choice of medium and the tightly cropped composition. Though your post is brilliant this painting needed no words ... it's in the eyes for all to see. Exquisite!!

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  14. Love how you have captured that expression and the beautiful shiny coat too !

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  15. What a soulful expression! Wonderful job and post!

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  16. Outstanding work, Crystal. This was really touches me.

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  17. A perfect title for a perfect painting! Love this post as always, Crystal...it touches my heart!!

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  18. outsatanding crystal !...you're working beautifully on aquaboard

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  19. I love the powerful statement captured by her eyes, and the fact that you chose to say it in black and white has emphasized it even more. In fact, I really liked your monochromatic paintings so much (I fell in love with your "self-portrait of my soul"...) -- and I think your paintings are so strong in their designs in the value patterns, even though it's often the saturated colors in them that captures the eye. You are a great value painter as much as a colorist!

    I have a small technical question regarding the aquaboard -- do you have to glaze many times to get the darks so saturated? And how exactly did you do the softer passages? When I tried it, it dried so fast I couldn't get any wet-into-wet effects to work...

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  20. What a stunning piece. I love dogs and yours is sooooo beautiful.
    Congratulations on doing this lovely painting and on having such a lovely dog too.

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  21. I want to kiss that dog on its sweet little cheeks. You are an awesome dog portraitist!

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  22. Gorgeous portrait of your dog. Know that look very well :) xx

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  23. Thats a wonderful portrait, Crystal.

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  24. I love this post so much. What an incredible portrait. And what a sweet face! There's nothing like a dog's love. Give him a biscuit for me. :)

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  25. The detail in those eyes is amazing!

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  26. a beautiful thoughtful post and a stunning work of art! a perfect combination! thank you for these words.

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  27. Such a beautiful portrait Crystal. This is how my black Lab, Faith looked at me when I had to have her put to sleep in the summer of last year. I pray she trusted me to realise I was doing what for best for her, even though it broke my heart. Now to find that other trust you speak of ...

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  28. Those eyes would melt anybodies heart another masterpiece from your brush.

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