Campfire- by Greg Newbold- 5" x 10", acrylic
The pleasant glow and it's welcoming warmth belie the true peril facing the builder of this fire. In the story that this piece was a part of, the traveler had to remain vigilant all night long, stoking the flames in order to keep the ravenous wolves at bay. Sometimes I feel the same way, only my wolves are other predators such as discouragement, self doubt, fear and failure. The current economy has many in the same precarious position as our traveler, but we can make it through the night. As an artist, one way I find to do this is by finding a personal project that keeps the juices flowing. Whether it's a painting I have been meaning to do, working on writing a picture book, or even a home improvement project. Having something to look forward to keeps me focused on getting through the not so exciting times. Keep the fire burning!