Be Patient with Yourself
The beginning of a journey is always exciting, as it was with my Surface Pattern Design journey. Exciting new skills to learn, seeing my simple doodles come to life with different colours to explore, all leading to new discoveries with no horizon too big for my imagination.
As time went on I began to explore other artist’s work. Artists who were well ahead of me on this journey. I felt myself beginning to shrink back, doubts began to fly in. Do I have what it takes? I don’t even know my true style….. I am scared to show my work. Maybe I am not a true artist after all. Am I just a fake?
At this point it was time to rest, stop comparing myself and take stock. I needed to be patient with myself. Stop comparing and counteract the doubt.
Yes, you do have what it takes – take one step at a time. ‘Befriend’ time. Take it slow and enjoy the process. Remember that your own true style will reveal itself over time with consistency. So do something creative every day and show your work. What is the worst thing that could happen? Probably nothing at all, although there could be great things like feedback, encouragement from others, engagement with other artists and maybe, just maybe, a contact. That’s not too scary is it?
There is creativity in everyone. We were created that way by the Greatest Creator of all. So the artistic ability that flows from you and in you is God given. Be content and confident in that, and your genuine artistic self will flow out.
So…what is my motivation to you today? Remember to be patient with yourself, embrace your early imperfections and grow them into your greatest masterpieces.