Becoming a successful artist sometimes seems impossible.
- With so many creative artists how do you stand out?
- What makes your art better, different or something others would want?
These are the questions that come to mind when you stand back and honestly look at your dream of being a full-time artist.
- Do you have what it takes?
- Are you willing to do the work?
- What if you are a fraud?
It is like climbing a mountain. It can be stressful and there are many obstacles but then you remember the great views and the wonderful feeling that comes as you smell the earth and watch the eagles dance.
The same is with art. Your mountain is your mind and what you say to yourself each time you enter your studio.
Or perhaps you go to a show and when you see all the incredible paintings you become discouraged and start to doubt yourself.
Your critic goes on overdrive and by the time you reach home you are either excited about what you saw in the show or discouraged.
The choice is yours and only yours.
Even if you find yourself a tad discouraged you notice that creative voice is always there waiting patiently. However, you realize that inner creative voice has gotten louder and more persistent.
It just won’t go away!
As I tell my students…we all have a job to do and you need to honor that job. You wouldn’t have the desire to create if that wasn’t your purpose in life. I personally don’t have any interest in becoming a lawyer, nurse or surgeon…my desire is to create and then pass on the knowledge I have collected.
Sharing this knowledge is key to my job. It is my joy.
Did I know this all my life?
No, I had to climb the mountain just like you.
What is your creative mountain? Post below.