Art conjures up many different feelings for all of us
Art time can involve many different feelings and for some of us, we get so wrapped up having and wanting to do something good, something we feel has value that we limit our own possibilities.
With the internet now being a part of our daily lives and in the palm of our hands for many of us, we are constantly bombarded by the amazing accomplishments of other artists around the globe. Some of us take that as inspiration that we can reach for and others see that as they will never be good enough.
Whether art has a place in your life as a job, a hobby, an interest or just merely something you do for fun maybe the question we should be asking is do we play with and in our art enough?
7 things that may be stopping you from play
- Using our precious supplies – it cost too much
- Life stress
- It’s too late, I’m too old to start now
- I’m not creative
- Expectations and Comparison to others
- Time and place to do art
Fear is a strong foe to fight in any circumstance in life and for some of us, it can be crippling. We can often feel stuck and afraid to do anything.
Many things can create fear in art and identifying them may be hard for some of us.
Here are some of my thoughts on things that contribute to that fear that disable our creative spark.
Let’s address some of these things and see if we can break through some of that fear.
First, know that fear never goes completely away. There is always that little voice in the background reminding you that you are not good enough, that won’t work. And rationally we know that is not true but some of us get stuck because that voice is persistent.
So what do we do? We can stop giving fear so much power simply by showing up regularly and playing.
By labeling some of our art time as play and using some supplies that are less precious we diminish our expectations. After all, if you are just playing they you are free to do whatever