Works Like a Charm!

Marie Cameron's lucky charms and her painting End of Spring 2013

I’ve been wearing my lucky feathered themed jewelry, willing that my painting End of Spring would be selected for the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto’s regionally juried exhibition “Fur, Feathers and Fins” and happily, I found out the other day that it was!

Feather Charms, vintage and vintage inspired jewelry.

And while it may sound silly or superstitious to be relying on charms when it comes to such matters, there’s nothing frivolous about positive thinking! These shows with a specific theme are an excellent opportunity to go out on a limb and create something specifically for that prospectus, a piece that may not have been in your direct path, perhaps something feels like a little reach for you. The only way to enter into these new arenas is with a positive can do attitude that’s open to experimentation and flexibility even failure. Knowing that missing your mark will not devastate you and being willing to accept that possibility of failure and not being paralyzed by it is a key component of self-belief.

Charming swallow, feather ring and feather cuff.

A talisman of some kind can be a lovely reminder that you have it in you to grow and surprise yourself – and of course I just love jewelry!


  1. Jon Archibald says:

    Yes – don’t let fear of failure paralyze you. That’s especially important for perfectionists.

    At first I thought these were paintings of dead birds and feathers on a painterly background. Thanks for showing them and for your insight.

  2. mariecameron says:

    I’ve come to realize that I need to label what’s a photo and what’s a painting and it’s sometimes ambiguous!

    Glad you liked my perspective on the fear of failure, and yes, as a perfectionist this has been an ongoing battle!

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