Expectations. They are the worst aren't they? As an artist, trying to be creative and a perfectionist while holding yourself up to an unrealistic standard, can be quite stressful. It is true what they say, . . . "We are our own worst critics." I envy those people who can be so carefree and optimistic with the ideology that "there are no mistakes only happy accidents." These are the people who see the glass half-full. I always wish I could be like these people but my Virgo mentality will not allow it. We Virgos are usually the ones who take things too seriously and are constantly needing reassurance, never failing to ask, "Does this look okay?". I know it sounds silly to group people into categories based upon an alignment of stars, but we are after all celestial beings. Plus, based off my own observations of personalities over the years, these astrological signs seem to be pretty accurate. Virgos by nature are critics, perfectionists, and have extremely high expectations for others and themselves. For myself, balancing my personality with trying to be creative, is an everlasting struggle. But I know I am not alone on this.
Day to day at Angelo's, I can usually spot these people; the overthinkers, overachievers, and the perfectionists. Painting a piece of pottery (or participating in any DIY project for that matter) easily becomes a challenge for a Virgo's like us -- you know the type. When I see these people, I automatically hover over them while they paint. I usually begin by asking what kind of design they are thinking of so I can help them by giving them tips or showing them our techniques. I do this because I cant help but take it personally when someone leaves our studio upset and sad simply because of a small mistake or their painting did not turn out as they had expected or intended it to be. It's hard to be positive and accept our little mistakes. I mean, we aren't all Bob Ross after all. Sometimes, we can't turn our mistakes into "happy little trees." I'm sure all of us can relate to this at some point in our lives, even the Bob Rosses of the world. To these people, . . .I feel you. Although, I can't help you always fix these type problems, what I can do is show you how to fix a paint mishap on a piece of pottery. For a Virgo, a misplaced stroke, an unwanted splatter of paint, and the occasional bad blending, aren't taken lightly. What was meant to be fun creative activity can easily be turned into a nightmare.
As an employee of Angelo's, it's always so funny to see how a customer's eyes light up and literally hear the stress evaporate from their lungs when I show them how to use something as simple as a damp sponge to wipe the paint off so they can start over and try it again. Now only if fixing everything in life could be so easy.
Occasionally, I will ask these customers, "Are you a Virgo?" (Its not a bad thing, Virgos have lots of positive traits too). Sometimes they are; sometimes, to my embarrassment, they are not. So whether we are Virgos, Leos, Scorpios, or whatever, we all need a little reassurance and help from our friends (or an Angelo's artist). We all can't just chill like our beloved Bob Ross, who must be a Libra, by the way. Just accept us for who we are and our obnoxious expectations because you love us and that's what makes us special. Our differences.