Sick Comparisons

The Sketchbook Project p. 31-34.

In the first session of the e-course I am taking, Marisa mentions that we should be aware of comparing ourselves to others. (I think it’s kind of cool how that matches up with this sketchbook page that I am posting.) It’s something that I do a lot, as much as I don’t want to. I have a nasty little gremlin in my head that likes to point out how I just don’t measure up, can’t be successful where I live, that I paint the wrong things – everything is wrong. Jeez! Sometimes I want to tell my gremlin to shut it, but it’s a part of me and doesn’t take well to being treated so poorly. Meditation is helpful for sure. I can see it for what it is – just a voice in my head that wants to keep me safe.  I’m thinking it might be time for another look at “Taming Your Gremlin” by Rick Carson. What does your gremlin say to you? How do you treat it? What do you do to tame it?

I sent my sketchbook in for the Sketchbook Project today! Yay!! It’s going to take a while to get all the images up on flickr and to this blog. I might end up putting a whole bunch at once to get it over with, but for now I am spacing them out.










8 thoughts on “Sick Comparisons

  1. denice@inkstitch

    Sheez, your pages are GORGEOUS Bel. (You use “Bel”? I noticed you signed a comment this way.) Your colors are just amazing. I have really loved browsing your site. I hear you loud and clear about the gremlin. As I said over in the fishbowl, mine usually spews about me not getting it together by now, about being behind. (And I wonder, just what the heck does having it together look like anyway?? Maybe everybody is just swimming one lap at a time like me.)

    1. belknits Post author

      Thanks, Denice! Right back at ya with the gorgeous pages!! I need to spend more time on YOUR site!! Yeah, I’m not sure what having it together would look like – I think it’s all relative, which means we are comparing ourselves to others, which I don’t want to do!!! 🙂

  2. denice@inkstitch

    Okay, apparently I wasn’t done. 😉

    I looked closer at the page above and noticed the comment “How do you get new ideas? I don’t want to copy, but I also don’t think there are any new ideas out there – just variations.” I agree with this. I DON’T want to copy, but I also don’t want to be afraid of copying — that is, I am not a copycat in any dishonest way, but inspiration is everywhere, and I think it is important to try any single thing that speaks to you — even if it’s “been done.” I think a true artist will do things enough and in their own way enough that their ideas will morph and become their own anyway, even if they began from someone else’s work.

    1. belknits Post author

      In the moment, yes. Well, sometimes. They always come back. But meditation helps me become more aware of them, and separates me, as the witness, from the voices. In this way, I am less likely to think that the voices ARE me, and speaking my truth. Does that make sense? I hope so!


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