“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keefe
I posted Georgia O’Keefe’s quote here so I can find it to remind myself (and maybe you?) that even she, the great painter, was afraid. My fear sounds like “I’m not good enough so why the heck am I even trying?”….”I cant”…”This is too hard”…”This piece that I’m making is terrible”….”I have nothing to say (in art)”….I could go on, but you get the idea.
I really don’t want my fear define me or my life, so I try to push past it the best I can, while I live my life and create with total abandon! I talk to myself a lot… and when I remember to talk myself through my fear, it pretty much works. Sometimes it wins, when I forget to talk myself out of it or when I have painted or sculpted something terrible. But so far fear hasn’t won for long.
Rather focusing on what could go wrong, try focusing on what could go right….if you did that what would you try? The sky is the limit isn’t it?
I’m a part of an artist’s group on facebook and one of us shared a quote that really speaks to authenticity:
“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” -Anais Nin So…
BREATHE your love, laughter, and joy in your art.
CRY OUT your sadness, angst, fears, and struggle as you create.
SING your love for your family, flowers, dogs, dreams, and peace.
Be brave and express yourself deeply and honestly. Let it flow as you create your art. It is easier said than done sometimes. I have made pieces of art that made me feel very exposed and vulnerable. So they stay home, out of sight until it feels right. After awhile I notice that the ‘charge’ lessens over time, and then it is time to show the piece.
I found this quote by one of my heros, clay artist and sculptor Ruth Duckworth. In order to grow and find your voice, you gotta play play play!
“Play is the essence of creativity. Creative play and gut reaction, instinct. When I work on a piece I play. I have a whole huge section of the studio where I have an inventory of sculptural forms, simple abstract, non-specific shapes that I find beautiful and enjoy making. Then I start building these shapes together. And then I find myself smiling. I say “hello! I think I’ve got something. The process is intuitive, not intellectual. You have to learn to be spontaneous and trust yourself” ~ Ruth Duckworth
I have signed up for an inspiring online class called Ali Edwards’ One Little Word 2012 class and picked my word. It’s a word to focus on for the whole year – I’m a little ADD so finding one word to focus on for a whole year was challenging!
I really like Andy Warhol’s quote “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art”. I did some reading, journaling and thinking, and first came up with Courage, then later I realized Actualize is a better fit. Actualize is pushing through with creating in clay, cement sculpture, glass, mosaic, and acrylic painting. I have so many ideas that I’m bursting!
So dream big…loud and clear…and create something wonderful… and always shoot for the stars! What’s the worst that can happen?