But before you do, confront your fears. Yes, we all have them. They are the single most reason individuals shy away from living a creative life. Write them down. The act of writing down our fears takes away their power. They adhere themselves to the page and don’t stay rolling around in our heads. As we write them we analyze. Did that teacher who told you are not talented really know you? Did that parent who said your music was a waste of time understand how passionate you are? Do those fellow workers realize how much your art means to you?
The list goes on. But so do the reasons it is important to create. Write those down too, again and again, until you are convinced to proceed and continue and keep on creating.
Now begin. Start with no expectations. Do not expect to create a masterpiece in your first session, or even your 2nd, or 4th or 10th. Enjoy the process. Feel the brush in your hand or the click of the camera. Make it a sensory experience. Throw away the bad stuff (and you will make bad stuff) and keep the rest. When I was first learning to paint I would paint right over a failed painting, putting more paint down and taking some away until the piece was reworked and worth keeping or a complete unrepairable mess. If it was a mess, I would cut it up and make a collage. I learned technique from failure.
In the same way, when my medium changed from painting to photography, I would take hundreds of pictures with each photo shoot. I might take 500 and come away with 20 good ones, but it’s the way to learn … no fear of failure … mistakes are part of the process.
And then just continue. Day after day if you can but at least once a week for two solid hours. This is your time, be devoted to yourself. Be consistent. Rejoice in your successes! Be happy for your progress and share it. Be in love with the art of creating art!
Rejoice in your success! Be happy with your progress and share it. Be in love with the art of creating art!
I would love to be your companion as you begin your journey. Feel free to contact me and book a creativity coaching session.