Some thoughts for a particularly challenging day. I’ve felt challenged in getting into the studio, challenged by thinking up an interesting blog post, challenged, challenged, challenged… feeling like I am not “inspired” so why should I even bother trying? I’ve been arguing with my mental critic all day. It’s been eating up my energy and I’ve been letting it.
It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks of your opinion, of what you like, of what moves you, of what you create. And that includes the monsters in your head.
It. Doesn’t. Matter. Okay? So don’t let it. Don’t carry those people (real or imagined) around like I’ve been all day.
Let ’em go.
I left this as a comment on FB in another artist’s post, and it struck me as being something I wanted to share:
“People need to know that it is OKAY for a journal page NOT contain a soul-opening poem or an amazing and insightful entry. I have perfectly gorgeously illustrated journal pages that are, uh, a reminder to take my cat to the vet, or my grocery list. We forget that the minutia of our lives, well, those things make up just as much as the depth. Those things deserve to be recorded too.”
I’d like to add that I have plenty of NOT so gorgeously illustrated really bad poems, too. It ain’t all Great Art, folks. The whole point is just, to make art. Period. Need some support with that? Check this out – be Creative Every Day.
So let your own inner critic go and stop it getting in your way. Let’s just put them down in unison, ok? I challenge you to do that in three… two… one…
Now pick up a pen, or a brush, or whatever, and get busy.