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EMBRACE YOUR INNER ARTIST

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

     -Pablo Picasso

 

Growing up, I loved to color until I continued to get in trouble for coloring out of the lines. So, I believed I couldn’t do it right, so I quit. For most of my life, I have thought of myself as artistically deficient. I stopped participating in any “art” activity that came my way.

 

When I was in my 30s, a friend gave me a book about realizing your artistic talent. I read part of the book. I can’t find it, so I don’t even know the correct title of the book. When she gave me the book, I thought, “I wonder if she thinks I am artistic?” I decided maybe I should try something “arty.” It was in the 90s, and puff paint was popular. I bought a sweatshirt, a pattern to iron on the sweatshirt, and various puff pants. I enjoyed making the shirt. I felt like I succeeded in something artistic! I continued to make things for my friends and family! Once I got a cat, all of that stopped. Toby got into everything, so I could no longer work with puff paints.

 

I looked for other ways to be creative. I looked for the book my friend had given me, and still, I couldn’t find it. However, I remembered the book encouraged journaling to gain creativity. In the blog about journaling, I shared that I started that process by writing, “I think this is stupid.” “I don’t want to do this.” Then, eventually, I started writing. I learned that I could write and that I enjoy it! Writing is an art form and takes creativity. I feel much better about my creative side.

 

I like to dress up and have many clothes. My friends tell me I show my creativity in the outfits I wear. (My dress is appropriate, not weird!)

 

I still do not craft, draw, paint, or do other things people feel are artsy. I no longer beat myself up over what I can’t do artistically. I work on the things I can. Not everyone can write, and not everyone is crafty!

 

Finding the artist within involves discovering and nurturing your creative instincts, regardless of your field or experience level. Here are steps to help you start on this journey:

 

1.     Create Regularly: Set aside time for creative endeavors regularly. Consistency is critical to unlocking your artistic potential. You don't need to start with big projects; small, daily practices can lead to significant growth over time.

2.     Explore Different Mediums: Try your hand at various art forms to find what resonates with you the most, be it painting, writing, music, dance, or any other form of creative expression. Experimentation can help you discover new passions and skills.

3.     Seek Inspiration: Surround yourself with art that moves you. Visit galleries, read literature, watch films, or listen to music that inspires you. Inspiration can come from unexpected places, so be open to exploring new and diverse sources.

4.     Educate Yourself: Learning about different art forms, techniques, and art history can deepen your understanding and appreciation of the creative process. Consider taking classes, attending workshops, or simply watching tutorial videos online.

5.     Overcome Fear of Failure: Fear of judgment or not being "good enough" can hinder your creative expression. Embrace the idea that making mistakes is a part of the creative process. Remember, art is subjective, and its value lies in the expression and the journey, not just the outcome.

6.     Cultivate Mindfulness: Meditation, walking in nature, or journaling can help clear your mind and open you up to new ideas. Creativity often strikes when you're in a relaxed and open state of mind.

7.     Join a Community: Connecting with other creative individuals can provide encouragement, feedback, and inspiration. Look for local art classes, online forums, or social media groups where you can share your work and experiences with others.

8.     Challenge Yourself: Set personal challenges or projects that stretch your abilities and force you to think outside the box. Growth often happens outside of your comfort zone.

9.     Reflect on Your Life: Use your experiences, emotions, and thoughts as material for your art. Authenticity resonates, and your unique perspective will set your work apart.

10.  Practice Patience and Persistence: Developing your artistic voice is a journey that takes time. Be patient with yourself and persistent in your practice. Progress might be slow, but every bit of effort counts.

 

By following these steps, you can begin to uncover and develop your inner artist. Remember, the key is to enjoy the process of exploration and expression without being overly concerned with the end results.

 

I do continue to color. It is a great way to release stress and show your creative side, or you can take the crayon and scribble all over the page, depending on how you feel. I no longer care if I color outside the lines. I enjoy the process of coloring.

 

I encourage you to spend time looking for your inner artist.  


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