Years ago I felt like a fraud calling myself an artist. No formal training, no exhibitions, no fan base, no income from my art.

I am happy to say that these days I have changed my views on what I consider a successful artist to be. And it’s not got to do with

  •  how many awards have been won
  •  how many pieces hang in collectors homes
  •  whether we make a living from our art
  •  had books published
  •  or songs that have made the charts.

 

Years ago I felt like a fraud calling myself an artist. No formal training, no exhibitions, no fan base, no income from my art.

I believe the question to ask our self is, are we following our passion? That doesn’t mean, have we given up our day jobs, or are we living our dream. It means do we believe in ourselves, in our imagination. Are we using our senses, our hands, our lives to be aware and notice, transforming our experiences and ideas into forms that we can share with others.

Does your creativity bring meaning to your life? Does it matter to you and bring joy to you?

Don’t fall into the trap of letting your emotions rule, according to how much acclaim you have or haven’t received. Being an artist is about the sacred act of creating. The act of expressing yourself in whatever creative way you are called to create. And sharing your response with the world is to extend the gift you have been given.

So yes, I do believe that you, and I, ARE an artist! Embrace it and don’t hold back. Give yourself permission to practice and play, to make mistakes and discover the gems that are waiting to emerge.

This quote is one of my favorites from Brené Brown, that reinforces my belief that every human being has creative ‘genes’ within them.

“There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.”
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