Along with some charming compliments, were some surprising reactions as people looked at my artwork during last year's exhibitions. I will remember them all fondly, as they really do solidify that my work is worth making. Like the 21 year old college student who immediately smiled ear to ear, saying "You are amazing!" and continued to laugh as he found subtle squirrels within the Maples paintings. And the woman who stopped in her tracks, as her eyes widened and mouth dropped, completely speechless before whispering "They are all so... beautiful!"
These are comments to look back on while I'm tackling those inevitable moments of doubt and "artist blocks":
Magnificent. / You're the best artist I've seen here. / Ethereal. / So clever, I love it. / Your paintings make me think of water, rain, spring, summer... everything, it's elemental. / Delicate. / I feel so happy! / Lovely. / There is so much going on and so much to see but without being cluttered. / Beautiful. / Absolutely fantastic. / Fresh. / It looks better than life--than the real thing.