I am not one for putting myself willingly into the spotlight, but I did, for 20 minutes at least. Friday night I competed in Art Battle. Which is a competition with 12 artists, over 2 rounds each with 20 minutes and 6 artists each round at the canvas, and a final round with the top 4 artists and a larger canvas with 30 minutes. The audience circles, observing during the 20 minutes and votes at the end of each round for their favourite.
I was so nervous. This was a huge leap out of my comfort zone for me. I was excited leading up to it, practiced and planned out a couple paintings. The day of-my stomach was in knots all day, worrying about what if I win, what if I look foolish, what if I don't finish my painting, maybe I should change my paintings...I am sure I drove Peter crazy, exclaiming all my self-doubt and fears every few minutes. Once I got there the anxiousness changed. It was more a feeling of this is happening so pull it together. My heart rate was through he roof, I could feel it beating in my chest, but it was the excitement of starting.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.