Princess Bubbles Tells Off Her Inner Critic

Today I went out for a latte with my dear friend Angela. She is an artist whom I met at a fabric painting class four years ago, taught by the inimitable Gunnel Hag. Angela and I hit it off right from the beginning, and have been getting together ever since. Our usual topic of conversation is (you guessed it) art. We share opinions insights about art books, magazines, works we have seen, or shows that we’ve attended. We display our latest creations and assure each other what utterly amazing artists we are.

A few months ago, July 5, 2009 to be exact, Angels started her own blog, Princess Bubbles Creates.

Angela explains her blog name with typical humour:

I live with a lot of testosterone and that’s why I came up with the goofy, girlie name for my blog! I have a wonderful husband and three terrific sons! But they are guys! I’ve learned to live with them! I’ve even learned to like action movies. Well, maybe like is too strong a term.

I’ve never thought of myself as a girlie girl. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. I was a tree climbing tomboy when I was growing up. I do have my moments though. I own two tiaras that I wear when I am making art. Believe me when I say nobody in this house gets that. I also own a large shoe collection-most of them are pointy toed, four inch stilettos. I love them and have thought about wearing them while making my art but I would be crushed if I slopped paint on them. I’m as passionate about my shoes as I am about my art!

I can testify to the pointy, stiletto heels. Angela looks sensational in them.  A huge lover of bling, Angela also owns quite a number of purses that would fit that description. One of the things I love about A (which is how she signs her emails), is her over the top exuberance. When you go out with her you have FUN. And, she is generous to a fault. What she has and knows, she shares.

Recently, Angela’s work was included in Creative Ways with Books and Journals by Sue Bleiweiss and Terri Stegmiller.


Journal Cover ~ by Angela Grasse

Angela was ecstatic:

Having my artwork accepted for publication means that someone else likes my work.  It means I am not a complete hack.  It means that I’m not the only one who thinks my work is beautiful.  Oh happy day I can tell the inner critic to shut up!

This is a perfect example of how wonderful it is to be recognized and validated by others. One can argue that it should not be necessary, that we really have to provide our own validation, but it takes a huge confidence to keep creating without any visible sign of support.

Support and encouragement are gifts we can give each other. Of course, I’m sure Angela would agree that you can feel free to add fabric, paper, or favorite art supplies to your congratulations and they will not be refused. Just remember the bling factor as you are making your choices (think shiny and showy and you can’t go wrong).

It’s all about the generosity I mentioned earlier ~ a generosity of spirit that rejoices in the success of others. Angela’s happy to do that, but now it’s her turn to bask in the  spotlight (I can hear those stilettos dancing).

A tip of the tiara to you, Princess Bubbles.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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6 Responses to Princess Bubbles Tells Off Her Inner Critic

  1. Deb Sims says:

    Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! to Angela for her inclusion in Creative Ways with Books and Journals! I had hoped to be included too but I am so delighted to know that one of Carol’s dear buddies is in there! Whoo Hoo and break out the tiaras! I can relate to the Tiara wearing Angela. I too live with a house full of men–a husband, two sons, a sometimes extra son and a male dog– and believe me the testosterone poisoning can be fierce at times! Thank goodness for Maggie, my princess counterpart Bearded Collie who helps me balance the hormone levels! For creative spirits it is always such a rush to get affirmation from outside oneself! The inner critic and self doubts are always lurking there just around the corner waiting to trip us up. Just when I think I have banished them forever they pop back up with new attacks–and they are so damn smug. Fortunately creative spirits are usually generous in their support for the efforts of others. We shore each other up and raise the hallelujahs in support of each new achievement. No, it shouldn’t be necessary, Carol, but it is a real joy and fuel to keep the creative fires burning hot. So let’s all break out the tiaras and dance with Angela! I will have to dance in flip flops but they will have bling!

  2. Barb says:


  3. carolwiebe says:

    Thank you, Deb, for celebrating with Angela. I am going to take back that “shouldn’t be necessary” statement. It IS necessary to get support from others. I just meant that it is important for us to be our own cheer leaders, to practice supporting our work because, ultimately, we are the only ones who can do that work. If we wait around for others to endorse us, or praise us, we may never achieve our dreams, or we’ll give up halfway there.

    Thank you, Barb, for your words of support! I have to say that I never write what I don’t believe. When I like something, or somebody, my enthusiasm will make that absolutely clear!

  4. Deb Sims says:

    You are so right, being our own cheerleader is mandatory, especially as an artist! We are often doing things and thinking thoughts that are outside the “norm,” whatever that is, and a certain amount of self promotion and inner confidence is essential to staying the course and bringing our inspirations to fruition. The affirmations from others are the chocolate syrup on the ice cream of a creative life!

  5. Angela sounds like the kind of person whose energy I’d love to share…thanks for providing the link to her blog. I will go check it out!

    Carol, you have become my cheerleader for all things creative…your words always boost me up and get me excited about creating art, even when I’m not doing any. :~)

  6. Deb Sims says:

    Carol has that effect on most of us! Her energy is contagious in the best sense of the word!

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