Today I wanted to pop in and share a video with you from a spontaneous Live Chat I had with the Studioworks Academy group! I felt compelled to jump online and discuss how to handle criticism in art making.
I hope this offers some support to you when dealing with this. I absolutely loved chatting with the group about living a creative life.
It took me a while but I’ve realized that for many years I drove myself to create constantly so I would have “something” to post on social media. Embarrassing to admit but the absolute truth. I found myself feeling rushed, competitive, anxious. Feelings I don’t enjoy.
The constant urge to be validated, to soothe my ever hungry ego. One more like. One more comment. My ego devoured each one, a momentary satisfaction, only to be left feeling empty once again.
I hope you are well! With Spring fast approaching, I’ve been noticing tiny blossoms beginning to bloom! I’ve also been noticing lots of beautiful floral watercolor creations in our community! I think there must be a connection right?!
So today, we wanted to share this lovely and inspiring “Watercolor Warmup” video from Natalie Mecham’s wonderful class - Wandering through Watercolor!
I began this portrait with the same worry, doubt and trepidation that I always do. I persisted, knowing the dance with my inner critic well. Then it dawned on me that it truly must begin this way each time for me…
On Jan. 4th we launched our subscription membership and if I told you I wasn’t scared, I’d be lying. Like really scared!
By doing this, I stepped into expansion. I stepped into vulnerability and I edged ever closer to my fear.
The night before, as I tossed and turned, I kept thinking about words from Rebecca Campbell‘s book, Light is the New Black -“Jump and let the universe catch you.”