Fell In Love With Melancholy by Emma Leonard.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I have to prove to myself that I am an artist.”? You’re in the middle of sketching new ideas and nothing seems right and you’re worried that you just might be a complete failure as an artist… I’ve been there. And I bet you have too.
Delicate Pink Leggings by ZIB Textile.
I don’t frequently talk about touchy-feely stuff (on the blog or otherwise). It’s not my thing. But I read a post over at my friend Sidsel Dorph-Jensen’s blog that really struck me. And I want to share my thoughts with you in case you’re wrestling with this.
Sal’s Wife by Corinne Galla.
These feelings are just part of the process of going after your goals. They aren’t unique to artists. Ask any Olympian if they’ve struggled with inadequacy – they’ll say yes. Ask a CEO if he ever had to prove to himself that he could do it – he’ll say yes too. Everyone worries that they aren’t really good at what they love to do. It’s part of the journey.
But knowing that you aren’t the only one isn’t really enough to stop you from feeling this way, is it? You still want to feel like an artist. You still want to know that people appreciate your work.
Private Bedroom Routine by Trisha Thompson Adams.
Here’s a new perspective. What is an artist? An artist makes things. Their work either has a concept or it’s beautiful – or both. It’s as simple as that. The art doesn’t have to be novel or spectacular. And artist simply creates things that have meaning or evoke an emotion. And that’s all you need to worry about. If you’re doing one of those two things with your art, you’re an artist.
Lace Kraft Journals by Buntmal.
If you have lingering doubts about your abilities, pfaffing about on the internet feeling sorry for yourself isn’t going to help. The only way to settle your mind is to keep creating and keep putting your work out there for others to comment on. Eventually, you’ll find your voice and your cozy, happy mindspace. And then you’ll know, without a doubt, that you’re an artist.
Final thought: Let go and trust in the artistic journey.