Most artists seem to go through cycles of confidence, self-doubt, angst, elation, inspiration, intense creative energy periods, etc. Maybe because I was tired from all the holiday activities and end of classes rush, not winning the Mini Cooper from my son's school fundraising event (well, I can wish!), but I was sliding into the self-doubt part of the cycle.
So I took a 3 hour nap (didn't mean to) and had to do dinner take out it was so late. Upon returning as I sat eating dinner and checking on emails, I received an email from one of the coordinators of The Silk Painter's International show being held at the US District Courthouse in MD saying I had won first place! I didn't even know it was being judged, but what a surprise and honor it is! My confidence is returning.