Five judgements that get in the way and the straight talk that can help you make the shift.
I’m writing some of the things here that I wish someone had told me along the way. Being the stubborn Capricorn I usually am, I took the long slow route (and many books) to figure most of this out. I spent a lot of time hiding my art in occasional sketches, night classes and closed binders. In sharing my biggest stumbling blocks, I’m hoping I can get more folks on this road to creative fulfillment.
It feels too easy. It can’t be real.
It’s easy because you love creating (doing) and it is in alignment with your soul’s values (feeling & saying). This is a beautiful trifecta of harmony for your soul. You are the instrument for all of this beautiful creative energy to come out. It is your duty to share it with the world. Keep on making your art.
I don’t have a degree in art, so I don’t really call myself an artist.
If you keep getting the urge to create at different times, you are an artist. A degree doesn’t change this or validate this. It is not a true gatekeeper. You can get another degree or not. Roughly 50% of represented artists don’t have one. That creative feeling just “is”. That is your soul talking to you. Listen to that little spark and keep making art.
I don’t have space to make art.
In today’s age, if you have space for an iPad (don’t we all have at least 3 by now), you have space to make art while waiting in the school pick up lane. Start working on those study sketches or pieces for your digital art portfolio. I’m not letting you off the hook. You are still an artist.
I just paint as a hobby. I’m not a real artist.
Helloooo… inner judgement much? Would you ever tell anyone else this? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Now that you recognize this is a judgement (based on when you stopped doing art at age 12?), who are YOU in this moment? Go on and give yourself a big ol’ hug and get back to creating. Repeat after me: I am an artist.
I really want to be an artist but I just don’t have time.
BS my friends. You know it. I know it. Your family seriously suspects it. My artist friends who consult for major companies and make art in the evenings or on the weekends know it.
Yes, time is finite. But who is Master of choosing what to put in those hours each day? Mmm…hmmm. You have been totally outed for not making art a priority. That is your choice. Hint: choose art.
So let me ask you this. If you had just just a few days to live, would you feel you had lived a good life? Would you regret not trying to be an artist? Would you even care if you had been a “successful” artist? Or would you be like me and totally peeved that you hadn’t had the courage to just get in the game and have some fun with it? Trying to have fun with art is simple and doable.
When you act as if you are an artist, you will see that you are one. You will wonder how you didn’t figure this out sooner. What you feel, say and do will be in harmony. You will know with every fiber of your being you are an artist. I wish this feeling for everyone reading this.