It's all in the name.
In The Princess Bride, the name Dread Pirate Roberts instills fear. But what about in our lives? There are names of people that instill fear, sure. But there are also names we give things that instill fear within us. For artists, the words "selling" or "marketing" cause knee-buckling and averting of eyes. When we call it something else ("storytelling", for example) the grip of fear loosens and we are free to move about the cabin once more. The word "diet" can be crippling, but "make smart choices" might seem less oppressive. The word "budget" can make many of us head to the mall for retail therapy, but the phrase "saving for a rainy day" might inspire a few pennies set aside here and there.
This painting, named by the incredible audience at the Miami Watercolor Society yesterday, seems quite harmless. "Rosie" does not inspire fear, but instead a sweet approachability and smile. Doing a "demonstration" causes my knees to shake and my heart rate to accelerate. From now on, I think instead I will refer to demonstrations as "painting Rosie."
Jen Walls and her imaJENation