Art And Fear

 Art and Fear

More on art and fear.  Why am I dwelling on fear this month? Well simply put, it is something we all experience and at some point we must all face it. Perhaps the first step in facing it is to talk about it.

Fears often don’t seem quite as bad ……..

art and fear photo

when bought out into the light of day and examined with a little rationality and a dose of common or perhaps should I say – ‘uncommon’ sense. Generally our fears in relation to our art fall into two categories.

  • Fears about yourself.
  • Fears about what others will think.

One thing is certain, fears about your self-will prevent you from doing the best work you are capable of doing. – what sort of things might these fears look like?  Well for example, have you ever felt or said to yourself any of the following?

  • I’m not really an artist.
  • No one will want my work.
  • Others are better than me.
  • No gallery will ever want to show my work.
  • Nobody will understand my work.
  • Worse even, people might laugh at me either to my face or behind my back.
  • People don’t think being an artist is ‘real’ work
  • What if I wreck the work?
  • Artists are always poor.
  • I’m no good.
  • Why would other people want my work – even I can see it’s not any good?

Shall I go on?  Well I do believe that I’ve probably said every single one of those things to myself at some point.  And now my reply to all of that as I’m having those discussions with my self is to simply say “SO WHAT??!!” 

Do you know that every single one of those statements is an excuse to stop ourselves from doing ‘The Work’  They all let us of the hook if we believe them and give them power. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE between an ‘ARTIST’ and someone who thinks they aren’t one is;

  1. That the ‘Artist’ has these thoughts and continues the work anyway. Isn’t that how we define courage.  ‘To feel the fear and do it anyway.’ 

art and fear : bungee jumping photo

People don’t generally think of artists as courageous people, do they? But in fact, being an artist is probably one of the most courageous professions that one can be involved in.  Why?  Because every single time you show up at the easel, the foundry, the film studio, you have had to conquer some of those art and fear demons, just to even start work.  And then, once you’ve begun, you are constantly afraid you’re going to stuff it up…..

The only way out of this dilemma is to learn to trust your instincts and ask your self what is the worst that can happen…..  Even when that means you must rub off the area you just spent all afternoon working on! After all as I like to say to my students, ‘It is only canvas and paint!’

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Out of The Darkness

Next Monday’s Post: Birthdays

Posted By:  Kadira Jennings

Photo by Kevin B 3

Photo by SJByles

Artist’s Qualities – Day Dreaming or Imaginating.

Day Dreaming is something not regarded with much favour in our culture. Not only does it seem to not have any worth, it is actually seen as something counter productive to the ‘real business’ of life. This is one of the limiting beliefs that creative people have been fooled into believing. Did your teachers or parents ever say to you any of the following, or similar…..

For heavens sake Johnny, get your head out of the clouds
You are such a dreamer
Stop gazing out of the window and come back to the ‘real world’
Oh – she’s off with the fairies, day dreaming again
Day Dreaming doesn’t pay the bills you know

Day Dreaming

Sound familiar? Something we have had actively drummed out of us as kids, is the ability to day dream. The missing secret most of our parents never knew, is that “day dreaming” is the key to manifesting what we want in our lives. Children instinctively know this. They are very good at creating worlds in their imaginations. Have you ever noticed how a child has no problem putting two totally unrelated things together and creating a ‘magical something’ out of it. I have noticed my granddaughter do this again and again. Connecting two things I would have never thought of putting together.

If you want to manifest something in your life the key is to see and feel it as if it is already there. Children can do this readily. The problem with adults is that they focus on what already is and therefore stop or block the allowing of what they actually want.

SoDay Dreaming or imaginating as I like to call it,  is a very important skill we need to relearn as adults.

One of the main problems we havewith this,  is that we see day dreaming as a waste of our ‘precious time’. We think rather, that the way to get what we want. is through being productive.   Nothing could be further from the truth! Like you, I was brought up embracing these erroneous thought processes and it takes time and effort to change them.

This Weeks Question: Do you ever still day dream and if you don’t what would you need to do in order to begin again?

Next week look for: More on Day Dreaming and Imaginating

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Posted by: Kadira Jennings

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