You hear the question….Why do you paint? The usual answer is…. this is what I love to do.
This is a superficial why…it isn’t your deep artistic why.
Finding your “why” requires some deep thought. It requires that you really ask yourself some questions to find this important answer.
But first, why is the “why” so important?
It is your “why” that will get you through the touch times in your art. If you know your deep “why” you can stay with your dream of being a successful artist.
For example, you didn’t get into a juried show that all your friends got into. Being disappointed is normal but because you know your deep why you realize this is just one juried show and there will be others.
Chances are if you don’t have a clue what your deep why is you will go down the rabbit hole of “my work stinks “or “I need to just give up on entering shows as my work isn’t good enough”.
This is when fear steps its ugly head into your psyche and puts the brakes on your momentum.
Because of lack of momentum the tendency is to give up when in fact you are just an inch away from an artistic breakthrough.
I don’t want you to look back in 5, 10 or 15 years and realize you didn’t fulfill your dream of being a really good artist because you hadn’t discovered your deep “why”.
The issue is artists don’t go deep enough into their hearts and souls to find the truth about why they want what they want. When you can attach a deeper meaning to “why” everything changes. Your “why” gives you purpose behind your actions.
It gives you a driving force to keep going ahead despite the difficulties that may come. You have attached emotion to your why and there is no way you are going to give up your artistic dream.
Find a quiet place to think about why you are wanting to be a really good artist. Write down your thoughts and decide your “why”. Keep this in a place you see every day.
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