Making art is a lonely, vulnerable path. An artist's life is the essence out of which she constructs meaning and putting her work out in the world to be examined, judged and potentially rejected is excruciating. That's why I love Brene Brown's Ted Talk on vulnerability. Living in a "whole hearted" way requires "connection" and there is no connection without a willingness to be vulnerable. As she says "vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging and love."