Before starting my blog, I was very unsure about my talents in art and feeling as if I wasn’t able to create amazing work like the many other artists I’ve seen overtime. I started my blog to not only create more art but to challenge myself in becoming a better artist mentally. Being human however, I will admit that I do find myself reverting back to those negative thoughts whenever I’m feeling stressed out or unsatisfied with how my life is going right now. But because I know developing a negative mindset will only lead to a depressing and unhappy lifestyle, I chose to find motivation in my difficulties. Below I have five key detailed experiences that I hope can help you whenever you’re feeling down about your craft.
Move! Get Out the Way: As an artist, I like to believe we are all our own worst critics (I know I am!). We become super picky and very detailed about the work and time we put into our creation that sometimes we allow ourselves to overwork our minds and form false beliefs about how good or bad our design really is. Firstly, STOP! & take a BREATH! its best to take a step back and let go of what you think is ‘right’ and just get out our your own way. When branching into the art world as beginners, we tend to block our own opportunities because we are fearful of it not turning out the way we’d hope or that people wouldn’t like what we’ve created. THAT…is getting in your own way, because you are now purposely creating illusions that you’re not competent of achieving your goals. Instead, don’t think too much or try too hard to search for confirmation. As long as you’re creating and building trust within yourself and your talent, you won’t have to think twice about doubting your gift and what you can accomplish.
You Get Blamed! You Get Blamed! Everyone Gets Blamed – But Me!: Some of us do the most when we are feeling down about our artwork not getting the recognition we think it deserves. We begin to blame our friends for not posting our events on social media. We blame our parents for not sending us to art school earlier in life. We blame art related jobs for not giving us the opportunity to intern or work for them. We blame other artists for not helping us level up and branch into the art world. You see where I’m going with this, right? …because the list is endless.
We blame everyone and everything around us except OURSELVES!!! It’s so crazy that it’s laughable. The real reason we blame others is because its easier. “When we blame others, we are focusing our energy away from us and neglecting the opportunity for our own growth and learning.” Instead, do what you KNOW you’re suppose to do! For example, you want to get your artwork out there? create a blog, create an Instagram art page, build a portfolio, enter into shows. You didn’t get the job you wanted? Figure out the skills you can to approve, learn a new technique, apply to numerous jobs, take classes. You want to collaborate with other artists? Reach out! Have something already going for yourself before connecting with other artists, build a relationship, support their work.
We cannot continue to blame others for our unhappiness, so whenever you’re feeling down or petty and ready to pop off on someone about a situation that didn’t necessarily go your way, you must take responsibility for your actions and stop making others your scapegoat. Own it, find a solution, and create your own happiness.
Set Your Goal: Sometimes it can be a bit exciting when you have so many ideas spiraling. You begin to set all these goals and aspirations, motivating yourself like “Yas! it’s a new day, I’m about to be productive and get my life together, oooh can’t wait!” that it slowly becomes a bit overwhelming in a way that we don’t even start.
Writing out your goals and seeing them on paper makes everything a lot more easier to accomplish. I suggest purchasing a planner or journal so that you can visually see your goals, break them down, and complete each project efficiently. The more you accomplish those goals one day or task at a time, the better you’ll feel about being productive and getting one step closer to your dream.
Fall into their Artistic Rabbit Hole: I have to be honest, because I know we all do it. As artist, we compare ourselves to every other artist to mankind, lol. We all know comparison is the death of happiness but what you probably didn’t know is that you can actually utilize that for your own benefit. Instead of comparing yourself in a way that you doubt your own ability to be great, I suggest you focus on the artists that you admire and research how they got to where they are now. For example, I admire Karen Civil, a social media socialite turned author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur and although she’s not a visual artist per say, she still inspires me to start branding myself and my art. She began interning in her desired field, used social media as her platform, and created ways to brand herself and celebrities. With that being said, I would take similar steps to get me more closer to my dream of becoming a successful visual artist.
Who inspires you? Research the greats and create a plan of how you can utilize their steps to success in your life.
Create! Create! Create!: To get out of a rut, the best thing to do is create. Take all your frustration out onto your canvas! The only way to build opportunities for yourself is to do the work. The more you dwell on the negatives, the more hurt you’re putting upon yourself. I was listening to American rapper Logic, album titled, The Incredible True Story and one of the songs on the album (which is the same as the album title) got me thinking and is now a motto that I live by. So, he states, “…If you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others will.” So never stop creating because you just never know who’s watching.
So, the next time you feel unsatisfied with how your artwork is going, apply these 5 steps. Be honest with yourself and get the job done because you’re the only one who can create your happiness.
-BeYou. BeTrue.Be ART