Topic: Boldness. Confidence. Being in The Moment and Doing what You Love.
Let’s forget about judging. Let’s forget about what other people are going to think. Let’s forget about ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares.’
That means….. its about self expression using whatever art materials you can find that will get your message out!
No holds barred.
Bright, brazen colors that leap out and shout.
That’s July for you!!
A month full of celebrations, fireworks and yes, a bit of 1776 rebellion.
World Watercolor Month
Its July. #World Watercolor Month.
Courtesy of our good friend, Charlie at doodlewash.com
Charlie’s recent post shared some things with us, Important Things.
“…..there are a lot more people judging it.
I get less likes if I do something too quickly and fewer comments,
or occasionally even a “you can do better” comment.
A part of me was worried and thought, I need to really
carve out more time and make sure I create something stellar.
The original part of me, the one that started this blog,
said, “screw it!” I’ve never been one to make masterpieces.
I just paint what’s in my head and in my heart.
This is something that we all should do first and foremost.
If a masterpiece appears, all the better!
But it should never be the goal.”
Charlie’s words – are well worth sharing with as many other artists as possible.
If we want to really let loose and create, we need to rid ourselves of the pollution of doing art for someone else to like.
I’m sharing some strong words. But sometimes I think we really need a good shake up to see the path in front of us.
Painting to please, is polluting our wells of Creativity and Imagination.
“…but its true”
My heart slowly breaks.
Every time I hear a person describe how their artistic efforts were completely crushed.
By another person’s “…but its true” critique.
Please! Keep those negatives. To your self.
If…. We are in a valid position to assess and to evaluate, we owe it to that person to do so in kindness. From a position of caring.
En courage someone. Give them hope. Give them a way.
Don’t use truth as a weapon that will dishearten them. and please, don’t say, “toughen up.”
I can still assess a beginner’s painting & explain the many areas that are working very well, explain what isn’t and how they might solve that, and still finish that evaluation on an encouraging note. It isn’t too difficult to do this, really!
Don’t destroy someone’s inner artist – forever,
with hasty untempered, words.
In classes, I try, to restructure and reframe how they view Art, how they view self expression, the validity of play, the invalidation of doing things to please. This is a very long and difficult journey for most to try to overcome. I’m not perfect. I’ve made a couple of people tear up. Wrong word choice! I was so sorry, and told them so. And then completely reworded the message using more sensitive words and encouragements. I want these artists, to continue to create. They won’t, if under stress.
Lets return to Charlie.
“just paint what’s in your head and heart…. Masterpieces, should never be the goal.”
Beautifully said, Charlie.