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Tag : encouragement

20 Dec 2018

When creativity is absent

Art friend, we often see the results of inspiration & creativity online, the darker flip-side seems to not be talked about so often. I’m hoping that sharing the following vulnerable musings will help you not feel so alone when sometimes the inspiration doesn’t come. The way I approach making art comes from within, and at times it simply doesn’t come. Does that ever happen to you? When I notice this happening, I feel several things: Pressure. Why can’t I create? […]

10 Aug 2016

It Looks Like I Know What I’m Doing (or a rant on vulnerability)

I love that when I post my art it looks like I know what I’m doing. Because really people, I haven’t the faintest idea. I just keep on doing it, no real goal apart from to just express myself and follow the joy and sometimes my hands all of a sudden produce things I like. I often don’t even notice while I’m working. My head starts going towards not-good-enough-itis. It’s only at the end when I stand back and take […]

19 Mar 2015

If You’re Scared Of Making Art

This is for you if you’re feeling scared or intimidated about making art. If you’re having trouble getting started. If you get so deep into the not-good-enough-itis that creating seems impossible. If you need some gentle loving encouragement. (I recorded this video for Rainbow Journal students, but I thought this might benefit everyone who struggles with these things. You can still sign up!) So, you know you want to create, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Lots of things can […]

23 Jan 2014

It’s Not Automatic – Deserving To Do Art

From a young age I feel I have always been given the message that if you’re not good at something, you shouldn’t do it.You are only ‘allowed’ to pursue something if you’re already magically good at it. Kids who are good at drawing should keep drawing. Kids who are not good at drawing shouldn’t bother. We say things like: “Oh I can’t draw” or “I will never be good at painting” or “So and so is much better than me”. […]