What Have You Discovered?

Updated: Sep 17

Yesterday I submitted to my first juried art competition for painting. I had done one for photography many years ago and received honorable mention for a mushroom growing out of a tree trunk in my mother’s garden; at the time I thought it meant I wasn’t good enough to win. Now I know differently and am grateful for the opportunity.


Like many creative works, art is subjective and what is chosen to be part of the exhibit is out of my control. In enters surrender, the lack of attachment of what comes next. I’ve sent out my book for competitions. I have reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s not about whether people think I’m good enough. It’s about my self-acceptance, self-worth, and self-confidence. I’m proud of my achievements. What are you proud of?

Putting out my creativity is about giving my heart and soul to the world. My hope is that my work touches someone else. It’s not a requirement. I approve of me; no one else can do that for me.


These are the paintings I put out in my first juried art competition at Erie Art Museum. If you’re near the area, do check out the current exhibits and consider becoming a member. If you support the arts community, you’ll receive special invitations, but mostly you support what matters to you while supporting others. It’s a time of joy and discovery to explore the creative community and make connections. What inside you brings happiness?




—Written by Amanda L. Mottorn, © 2022, author of Finding Moksha: One Woman’s Path in Uncertain Times and Artist at Modern Moksha Designs & Publishing.


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