Fear holding you back from pursuing your dreams? It happens to all of us, at least to those who accept they have a dream.
It was not random that we came into this world, and as we grew we showed certain talents and skills. Some were good at math, some at the gym, some showed artistic talent.
When I was a kid I knew I had a talent for words. I loved expressive art, but it developed later. Words have always flowed easily for me so I ended up becoming a writer until that interest kind of petered out. But as they say, a writer is always a writer.
I have to say visual art is a tougher dream, but I love it passionately. There are so many ways to express oneself. Where to start?
There are two things I want to mention:
You often look at other people’s art and then try to copy it because you like it.
Or you encounter massive resistance.
That is the fear / ego kicking in saying lots of nasty stuff about your lack of talent and sense of color or whatever. Your fear will find something wrong with you no matter what. I wrote a blog post about resistance a while back: Who is in charge…
If you have no clue where to start, copy other people’s art that you love. As you get more sure about your art supplies and what they can do, you start to experiment with what you have learned.
As you grow bolder with each experiment, you start to feel more secure, but the fear is always lurking in the background.
Do the art processes that feel good to you. If it doesn’t feel right, try something else. There are so many techniques and tools it can be bewildering. The only way through is to keep trying and doing.
If you hit a block, know that things are about to change. It usually shows up before a major breakthrough, but you can get stuck in procrastination. That is a sneaky way for the inner critic to attack you when you’re down. I wrote a post about that, available here: Procrastination is an ugly beast…
There are no shortcuts of easy fixes. Each artistic journey is so individual it’s hard to give advice that fits everyone.
One thing is for sure: A dream is worth pursuing, and the way to do it is to give it some time every day. Create a discipline for your dream. If it is important enough you will do it.
Well then, what are you waiting for?
When all is said and done we have to do things that light us up, otherwise, what is the point?
Have a great creative week!
P.S. I have some handmade art journals in my etsy shop that might help to get you started. CLICK HERE to check out my offerings.