"Resentment" (progress detail)
by Sarah René Kraft
2016 • 17"x14" • Mixed-media: @prismacolor Verithin red/blue colored pencil, @derwentartofficial Inktense pencils, water brush, and white ink on textured white paper.
A word of caution regarding the safety of wings:
There are many in this life that will try to convince you that you cannot fly on your own. And you will believe them.
People slide into roles like shoes into shoeboxes. If it fits, it must be home. And if it’s home, then it’s meant to be.
We live lives built on comparisons. We look up to those that seem greater than ourselves, not realizing the powers that we each contain.
We are all both teacher and student, parent and child, at one time or another. Someone has just as much to learn from you as you do from another.
We are meant to outgrow each other, to collide and mix, absorb, and evolve, then collide over again.
No one is “better” than anyone else.
We all have our own stories, setbacks, successes, talents, and traumas. Some of us will mount our strengths, while others battle demons.
At the end of the day, we’re all fighting.
So the next time someone offers you wings, pay attention to what happens when you accept them. Look for the thorns. If they aren’t happy to see you soaring, just remember... When you took wing what they really wanted was you beneath theirs.
Though I’ve fallen many times into the aforementioned trap of feeling like I needed a hand to pull me up into my place, lately I’ve been reflecting on my moments when I allowed my own insecurity to hold me back from celebrating the successes of the people around me.
As important as it is to remember one’s power, it’s equally important to recall one’s humility and aspire to grow. Support others that you want to support you.
“Comparison is the death of joy.” -Mark Twain
#love #selflove #selfcare #manifest #illustration #art #artist #coloredpencil #pencilart #traditionalart #fantasyart #tarot #witch #mythology #fantasy #sketching #drawing #artistsofinstagram #bipolar #multiplesclerosis #mentalhealth #arttherapy #artheals #sacramentoartist #femaleartist #artbook #sketchykraft #sarahrenekraft