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What's in a Name?

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (3985)

Marci's Masterpieces?  Really?  You think your cakes are masterpieces?  That is what I assume people's first reaction will be on hearing the newly minted name of my hobby bakery. It was my first reaction too after my friend suggested it.  We discussed it, I chewed on it, rejected it as too presumptuous, returned to it, chewed again and eventually accepted it as wholesome.

So this morning, as I considered writing this piece, I asked hubby "What's in a Name?"  His smart-ass response? "Am, Me, Man, Men, A, Mean..."  I shut him up and continued my ruminations.  Yes, I do consider my work masterpieces.  I throw my heart and soul into everything I bake.  I let my creative juices flow freely, even if someone else's design provides the initial inspiration. Many others consider my work masterpieces too, judging by the enthusiastic feedback I get on my creations.  Yes, I know, I know.  Many of the American Idol contestants we have to suffer through receive the same feedback from family and friends, only to be laughed off stage by a larger audience.  But the fact that someone else doesn't necessarily like your art, doesn't mean it isn't art.

I am an art collector, as evidenced by the many pieces, of mainly Jamaican art, that grace my home.  I especially love abstract art, as well as the soft hues and lines of watercolors.  Monet is one of my favorite international masters.  So, with the same eye I use to appraise art, I critically review everything I create. I can usually see flaws where others don't.  I am my own worse critic.  But I believe that is the curse every artist faces.  We throw out numerous canvases that others would be willing to collect in the name of beauty.  Our art develops as we learn new techniques, and after much diligent practice.  We look back on our earlier works and cringe.  But someone, somewhere liked what we did enough to be happy with it back then.  And that's what every artist lives for - the ooohs and aaahs of an appreciative audience.  Throw some money in there too, and that makes it even more worthwhile!

Indulge me as I invoke the the bigger picture.  Each and every one of us is God's masterpiece.  But we get so wrapped up in comparing ourselves to others, we overlook our inherent beauty.  I scour the internet and see the beautiful cakes created by others.  I review pictures of my own offerings, and they fall far short.  And so it is in life.  We perceive perfection in others, and crave what they have - better hair, more personality, riches, fame, love.  But we don't know what insecurities other people are struggling with, and how they may in fact envy us.  Each one of us in beautiful in our own way.  We each have admirers who see our inner and external beauty.  They love us through, and in spite of, our flaws.  Each of us is a walking masterpiece.  And we have the ability to create masterpieces every day, in whatever form of creativity we choose.  So Marci's Masterpieces it is.