There are lots of stuck creatives out there. Like I always say, if more people did what they love, this world would be a much happier place. But I have to ask a question that might ask you to look deep: Are you stuck? Like I once was? Honey, it might feel like the world is coming to an end, but I promise you it isn’t. Whatever caused you to get stuck, your condition is most certainly reversible. In my case, I had adults in authority position tell me that my creativity was weird, something to be feared. Since I was a good Catholic Girl to the core, I bought into it, hook, line and sinker. It took me years to undo the messages and guilt. But now there is no turning back on myself any longer. Being an artist is what makes me unique. Beyond my relationships with my husband and kids, it’s the most important gift in my life. What got me to this unapologetic point was working through the DEMON VOICE in my head. He (for me it’s always male) tells me the following kind of garbage: “You might as well give it up. Your work stinks. You’re not good enough.” Stuff like that. It was those types of messages that helped steer me away from making art on a regular basis. But it was getting back to painting that actually healed my aching soul. It can work for you too if you stick with the program. For me, I need to do the following four acts everyday:
- Make Art
All of these acts keep me healthy. Making Art is the ultimate goal but keeping my mind clear of clutter is key to making that happen. When the Demon rears his ugly head, I do as Dory does (sing it with me) “Just keep painting, just keep painting…..” The more you do it, the more you find you can. You can triumph over the words from the Demon. In my case, I know I can take my work beyond my imagination and I’m exuberant over the possibilities.