Self Acceptance and Acknowledgment of Achievements, Self Confidence Here I Come! (I hope ?)

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen - Date: 2007-01-20 - Word Count: 355 Share This!

As an artist who questions herself on an hourly basis, "Is this the right direction? Is this good? Am I there yet or at least close?" I understand the need for confidence builders.

I don't consider myself to be a genius in any way shape or form. I am at times haunted by indecision and self doubt. I think that sense of indecision does confirm intelligence however so I give myself that star and post in on my bulletin board.

I have always felt that the second you think you have arrived you are indeed finished. You will never meet that goal if that is indeed your goal. Try to fall in love with the process.

A mark of intelligence it so admit wrong, see visions in the simple and create in oneself the ability to creatively express it.

I had an artist friend once who told me that if I wanted to learn to paint well that I could learn from an past artists. He said the best way is to read about the artists life. What caused them to find expertise and what their journey like. Oft times I relate on some level and realize their struggles were something I can relate to.

I am not nor have I ever been alone in my struggle for self acceptance and acknowledgment of achievements.

I have come across plenty of artists who say they know it all and then you see their work and put it into perspective. Sometimes people say they have the answers you need and it turns out they are just sort of full of themselves. You know?

Maybe, just maybe by putting it all into perspective I can arrive at some middle ground and accept that I do have reasons to feel confident about myself. It is OK to say I have reached certain goals and feel proud of the process. I am learning and growing. I am and you are too.

Lets realize our efforts and feel confident about recognizing the journey is difficult at times maybe, but we are none the less making the effort, a real sign of intelligence!

We are all trying to find our way.


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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Fantasy Art Woman

I am a figurative artist and illustrator living in Hawaii. Most of my work is painted in oils. I also do sculpture. I illustrated for Hay House Inc.,"Women Who Do Too Much" CARDS taken from Anne Wilson Schaef's book. I also illustrated for Neil Davidson, who was considered for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and several other publications. My paintings are collected worldwide.

In every single one of my paintings my objective is to 'know them'. To let character reveal their own vision or message. I am often astounded as their presence unfolds and I am met with who they are. I then realize that who 'they' are defines me as well. My hope is that my paintings & sculptures relate to you, and that legends of mermaids; whimsical angel pictures; and tooth fairies fantasies give you the message you need for your own heart and soul. and

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