Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Colleen Toye Mandeville, Louisiana, USA

Posted: 2017-08-03

I  have wanted to be an artist as long as I can remember. 

As a child, I drew on everything, painting on anything, even seashells that I collected in the Gulf of Mexico when I visited my older sister in Tampa, Florida during the winter when we lived in Minnesota.

I have had a business off and on for the past 35 years creating handmade Christmas ornaments for about  40 stores throughout Louisiana, but I never thought of myself as an artist.

This past April, I was with an artist friend and I mentioned to her that I would love to paint on canvas, but that the blank canvas scared me to death.

She said "we can take care of that".  "Come over to my house and I will help you conquer your fear".

Over the past 4 months, my friend has taught me that there is something in me that I felt was there, but my fear always told me that I only made Christmas ornaments out of clay.

Since then, I have sold one of my paintings and another one is going out this week.

Thanks to my friend, Pam, I have conquered my fear of a blank canvas and I feel great!

Here's to all of those who believe in those of us who have doubts about ourselves.

Colleen Toye

Mandeville, LA