"I Wish" 12" X 12", acrylic on vellum.
“I Wish” 12″ X 12″, acrylic on vellum.


Fear, the only way around it is to do it.

Sometimes jumping in the fire is the only way to handle the situation.  A New Year and a new challenge required.  After completing my last challenge, I realized that in some way it held me back.  I needed a way to have a challenge that inspired me to create larger pieces of art, not just amount of paintings and not just be limited to paint, but any medium.  Painting 52 paintings resulted in over 15,000 square inches of painting, equivalent from the ground to its tip of the Empire State Building. Kicking it up a notch, I decided to create 20,000 square inches of two-dimensional for the year 2013, thus the Challenge ART 20K. 

Needless to say this new challenge to create 20,000 square inches of art brought me great fear.  I wanted to run, I wanted to say it didn’t matter, anything that would get me out of this situation.  I knew I needed this, I knew my weaknesses.  I have a difficult time getting myself in the studio. Making an art challenge, forces me to make a commitment to create.  Once I am in the studio I am fine.

A woman asks Deepak Chopra, “When afraid to do something, how do you know if the fear you feel is warranted or not?”  Deepak said, “You have to do what you fear, that’s all”.  But, she says, What if it shouldn’t be done?”  “Well”, Deepak asks, “Do you WANT to do it?”  Thinking for awhile she says, “Yes”.   Then the only way around it is to do it.” he says smiling.   I guess it is as simple as that.

What do you want to do, but fear is preventing you from doing it?

*”I wish”, measures 12″ x 12″, Atelier Acrylic on Vellum, SOLD.

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email jvander51@msn.com or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!