I have a secret…

I have a secret: an embarrassing, ashamed-to-call-myself-an-artist kind of secret. There’s a blank canvas that’s been sitting in my living room for three years now and I’m still not sure what to do with it.

The Secret

I got this canvas when I moved into my first apartment, a Spartan dwelling with just the bare essentials: bed, couch, tv, computer… and the canvas. The finished product would be the perfect size for my living room, though I did debate for a time whether or not I’d like to hang it over my bed instead. It was going to be a reflection of my personal style, both decorative and artistic. It was going to be perfect.

It started out as an exciting prospect, but the excitement quickly fizzled into intimidation. “That’s the biggest canvas I’ve worked with so far,” I told myself. “Are you sure you’re going to be able to finish it? What if you don’t like it?” I struggled with this negative self-talk over three years each time I looked at it. For a time I even found myself trying to ignore it.

But this year, one of my goals is to fill my canvas. And I will do it! Art is not about being perfect—it’s about what’s in your heart. I will overcome my fear, self-doubt, and obsession with perfection to make something beautiful.

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Do you have an art project you’ve been putting off or avoiding? What do you think has been holding you back? Alternatively: Did you ever complete a project you had been putting off or avoiding? How did it make you feel?

Art and Life: An Unbreakable Link

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve slowly started sharing with the people in my life that I blog. I’m finding that it’s difficult even though most of these people already know that I’m into art. I think the difficulty stems from the fact that I keep most aspects of my life heavily guarded and private (it was hard enough to share my lifelong resolution), but to me, art and life are joined by an unbreakable link.

Art Journal Page - Creativity Takes Courage

Art Journal Tile – “Creativity Takes Courage” (Henri Matisse)
Supplies: rubber cement, watercolor, black pen, gel pen

Admitting that I keep an art blog is intimidating because art can be a place to be vulnerable. It’s a place where I put myself out there. It’s a place where I can freely experiment without judgment or consequence. It’s a place where raw emotion meets a tangible surface in a beautiful, expressive collision. For me, it’s not only a place where I learn and discover new techniques–it’s a place where I learn about and discover myself.

Creativity certainly takes courage–not just the courage to make, but also the courage to share. When I look at my story and why I chose to start blogging in the first place, it gives me the courage to continue. Letting the creativity back in has transformed my life and I’m hoping to make a connection with those that feel the same way.

Do you find it hard to share your artwork and/or blog with others? 

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