"I'm not an Artist."My response..."well, are you human"?! ;)
"The artist is not a special kind of person, rather each person is a special kind of artist." -Amanda CoomaraswanyI hear more often than not, in all of my classes, independent of age, "I'm not an artist." In the quiet moments before class, a shame-filled statement of lack... "I just wanted to let you know that I'm not creative, don't expect much, I'm not going to do well..."
So WHY do people, why do WE feel so inadequate?!My challenge for all of us "adulting" our days away... ACT LIKE A KINDERGARTENER! Be hopelessly confident, try anything, and be exceedingly excited. Emotions on your sleeve, let yourself feel your way back into creating. It really is the most human part of us all.
YELLOW AND RED WILL ALWAYS MAKE ORANGE, BUT I WILL NEVER TIRE OF WATCHING A 5 YEAR OLD SEE THE MAGIC IN simply MIXING TWO COLORS TOGETHER.
Try it. :)I get it, it's out of your comfort zone. It's scary to stretch our own reality. But trust me, as your teacher I'm just happy you showed up TO TRY. To MAKE A MESS. To find your own artistic and creative voice, if only for a brief moment. YOU (against your attempts to control the outcome, will FEEL yourself relaxing). Do it more often and you'll feel a shift in your daily life. Trust me. What do you have to lose?? I also hear, "I'm not creative, I can't draw a stick figure, I don't want to create because it's a waste of supplies..." SO. MANY. CAN NOT THOUGHTS.
Before we ever grab a paintbrush.I get it. There are plenty of avenues where I'm fearful and where I will fail. But that's NOT the point. The point is to be uncomfortably comfortable...the point is to show up, to try, to expand, to think, to fail, to rise up, fail again, and to SIMPLY keep trying. Show up for yourself in all avenues. Art has very few consequences. #justpaint It is not easy, but like anything, it is something we can all make more of a daily practice in time.
THE GOOD STUFF, ACTION STEP, THE I LOVE MYSELF SO I'LL TRY MOMENT...JUST DO IT
(Is the Nike reference too much) :)
Your objective for THIS VERY MOMENT.STEP ONE: Grab the nearest piece of paper and writing instrument. STEP TWO: Answer these questions... using words and pictures. No top or bottom, no rules, just make a mark...
- The favorite moment of my day was...
- The color that I would choose for today would be... (again, no right or wrong)!
- If I could fly anywhere right now, through time and space... it would be...where?