|"Competition" (So sorry. I lost the business card for this artist!)|
Jaynee got me this photo from a fellow artist at the Wings Christmas show in December. He titled it "Competition," explaining that this was how artists look at each others work.
At first, I didn't get it. Then, I spent some time looking at the intent gazes of this wolf trio. Look at that focus. That curiosity. That interest.
I'm uncomfortable with "competition." Even though I recognize and admit that I am competitive. Maybe it's my gender conditioning. Girls are supposed to be "nice," right? Competition isn't usually viewed as falling in that "nice" category.
But competition is healthy. Competition is a big part of how I learn new techniques, try new things. Competition makes me aware of my various fields - what's being done, what I think I can do differently. Sometimes, what I think I can do better.
I've long admired wolves. They're pack animals that still maintain a very vibrant sense of self. And, they compete to be the best - for the welfare of their pack and to survive as individuals.
I keep this picture near my work desk. It's a good reminder to be the best I can be AND to be proud of this.