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12" x 16" x 0.75", acrylic and pastel on gallery wrapped linen. Wired and ready to hang. 

This is a hard one to write but I’m putting myself out there for the sake of believing that the internet is a place where we can and should discuss hard things. I knew I wouldn’t be able to take on this #dangerousstorieschallenge without telling some hard truths. The story I make up in my head that I wanted to consider while painting this piece is about criticism. You see, too often I criticize myself and the ones I love that are closest to me. I do it in my head as well as out loud. I often tell myself that I am just being helpful or just trying to do the right thing (that’s the lie/the story I make up) when what I’m really doing is dolling out criticism that is mean or unhelpful. This is usually happening because I am feeling hurt or am not engaging with something else that is going on inside of me that needs to be addressed. Instead of criticizing, I can shut down the story in my head and focus on sharing words that are only uplifting and encouraging. Easier said than done, am I right?

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