Blending In

Photo prompt: © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


She knew from the moment she walked in that she was way out of her league. Her virgin palette was blinding amidst the well-worn, paint-that-will-never-come-off-anymore held by others. She felt blush suffuse her face and an even deeper shame at raised eyebrows and feigned disinterest. Apparently she did not even warrant curiosity. An outsider. A wannabe.

She almost up and left.

But she’d saved for months to afford the class, and she spent her last on paints and brushes.

The need to create pulsed in her blood.

She stood her ground.

Blending in or sticking out, she’d stay. She’ll paint.



For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers



53 thoughts on “Blending In

    • Not my forte, either …. though there are some very talented painters and artists in my family, I find that my medium is images in words, not painting or drawing or illustrating … 🙂 To each their own, eh? 🙂


  1. Everyone has to start somewhere. Years ago I took several art classes. An observation is that those who were the most snotty towards beginners where the ones who painted skillful but totally and completely lifeless paintings…

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    • Indeed, everyone had to start someplace, and one never knows what skill they might develop till they had the opportunity and space to explore and practice. I agree with you that those who often are the snottiest are those who have the least talent (and perhaps are fearful of a novice outshining them …).

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  2. Na’ama Y’karah,

    After two years at the Kansas City Art Institute it was clear my teachers and I had very different ideas of what art is. Although, in looking back, I realize how immature I was. Now instead of following the “experts” in my painting, I follow my own lead. 😉 Said all that to say, I like your MC’s attitude. She’s going to make it.



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    • Thank you, Penny! I think sometimes novices are intimidated by those more experienced, but none of us started anything with experience it in … So, it needs to be built, and acquired, and she’s up to the task! 🙂


  3. A framed print on my wall says, “What will people say?” — ‘This sentence has killed more dreams than anything else in the world.’ I could go on. But yea for her and those like ‘er. OK, one more, “Have the courage to suck at something new.” Inspirational story. Well done, Na’ama.

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    • Yeah! I agree – we should be FAR less concerned about what people would say and a LOT more concerned at whether our actions are kind, whether our souls are content, and whether our deeds are good. Trying new things is fab! 🙂

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    • Indeed one has to, Sandra, no matter what the new skill is. 🙂 And … it is okay to be a beginner. I’m not sure why so many expect proficiency at first sight, when we all know nothing in life is like that! 🙂

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