Due to having my first exhibition with my class this year, I’ve been a little lack luster in getting my blog up and running, and yes. Yahpeep.com is into it’s second year of being a domain! happy birthday!
As i “diligently” prepared for said exhibition, and by diligently i mean sitting around various locations staring at a blank page, beating off those inner critics that are relentless in pointing out every single flaw in your concept that has yet been introduced to the page. I found it quite easy to be so distracted by all the negative self talk, that two weeks out. I still had absolutely nothing to show for my angst.
This is why i think Artists, are the most brave, and beautiful people that i have the pleasure of spending time with. It’s because they are inspirational. We open ourselves up to be told point blank, we don’t like you, we don’t like what you represent. It does not appeal to us.
We present our body of work, our secrets, our greatest passion. It is noble, admirable, endearing, and our work touches people. That is something to be celebrated.
Part of the process of creating is to make mistakes. For far too long, i had spent hours perfecting my journals and my sketchbooks. To be full of only the best of the best. Which when i would later return to, i would deem not good enough, and usually throw out.
I’m pretty sure, every one does this by the way.
Since I’ve imposed the “no torn pages” rule, i find that i hang on to more of the things that i think are rubbish, but actually turn out to be pretty good ides. Things to be built upon. Ideas that will one day soothe you in a creative drought.
Today, i wanted to briefly touch note on this.
Play. Be playful, make mistakes, try to mix the ugliest color you can imagine. (Mine would be some form of brown) , Dream big dreams, break them down. Make mistakes, but don’t view mistakes as a bad thing, it’s a beautiful opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and you might even enjoy the fun of messing up!
Write everything down, collect remnants of your day, and stick them into your journals. Create mood boards, pallets, color swatches. Heck, read the dictionary and highlight words.
Remember how we learnt as children? We learnt from mistakes. We learnt from figuring out what not to do, and discovering what we could do!
Challenge yourself to do that today!