it saddens me that so many people are so creatively blocked.
this is really a telling-off post, so if you are a bit delicate better go and read something else.
Many people come to my workshops and classes and are totally soul destroyed that their painting hasn't worked out.
How do you think i feel when i paint a clunker and have nothing to sell?? how do I put food on the table then McDuff? mamma mia!! What happens when I paint something really fab and it still doesn't sell?? mamma-flipping mia!!
Students invest heavily in a one day workshop and expect to come out with a masterpiece, or they say "I'll see how the day goes and if I paint something really good then I will come to your classes". Erk - hello?
They make up all these weird rules, goals and stories that are really just blocking their creativity and maybe even their lives.
Come on people, time to straighten up - life's not meant to be easy, I'll bet you don't expect to play chopin if you haven't played the piano before. So why is this any different?
I discovered why this morning, and that's why I am sad. I am sad because then you don't have to put any effort in and if you don't put effort in you don't have to face the reality that maybe you are not as creative as you thought you wanted to be. Maybe you can just blame the teacher, "the teacher wasn't good enough to teach me". AGAIN - HELLO? Time for us to take responsibility for ourselves.
The truth is, creativity takes effort and hard work - paintings, sculptures, poems don't just miracle themselves. A true artist works at their skill, develops their ideas, studies and thinks, reworks when things go pear-shaped: creativity takes intellect, creativity takes guts. The not-so secret is creatives are disciplined and have thick skin and are regular failures.
I'm sad you are too scared to have a go.
I'm sad you are too scared to work at it in case you fail.
I challenge you to be kind to yourself and have a go and fail and pick yourself, smile and have another go!!
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