Art  Fear and Money

There have been books written of the subject of Art Fear and Money.

What I’d like to address today is a fear that many of us have and try to ignore. It is more often than not a fear that we have learnt from our parents. Many of the decisions we make in life are based on our fears around money. This is why our parents don’t encourage to take up careers in the Arts.

My question for you is, how much are your choices around your creativity driven by your relationship with money or the lack of it? How many times have you chosen not to do something because you ‘lack’ the money to do it? i.e. – taking that course you wanted to do, or not paying for a babysitter so you can take an art class etc.

How long do we ignore the creative cries of our soul because we are putting everyone else before ourselves? We can’t afford to buy our art materials because Jamie needs a new bike and so we push the frustration down and pretend that all is well.

When are we going to value ourselves enough to do what we need to do, to love and honour our own needs. Much of the reason we don’t do this is all tied up with money and lack of self worth.

One of the most difficult lessons to learn, I’ve found, is to take the step towards something and have the faith that the universe/God will line up with us on that and send what ever we need. Let me tell you a little story about this…….

Ten years ago a girlfriend and I decided to stop talking about going to Europe and actually do it instead. I had no clue where the money was going to come from – I only had enough for a deposit on the airfare. So I put the money down. Within the week I received a $2000 commission for an art work!! All of my airfare.

Art and fear - Venetian canal

Veetian Canal

Later I was give over $2000 by other people and I had more than enough for accommodation and spending money. I was blown away. My dream came true with very little effort on my part. The trick however is to take that first step and Trust that the rest will fall into place.

My last thought – What are you not doing creatively because of money and how might you change that?

Next Thursday’s Post: Southern Hills II

Next Monday’s Post: Art & Fear – A book review

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Pix Credits: Kadira Jennings



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