As an artist I believe there is always an edge of fear that needs to be challenged. That's where my creative growth happens. If I'm not testing for those limits, then I'm not growing. Challenging my self-imposed boundaries builds confidence.
I came across something this past week that reminded of an Aha I had while viewing the Matisse exhibit a few years back. I can't compare my rough drafts with someone else's finished masterpiece. Yet I fall victim to this all the time and people in my workshops often do the same thing. We're too… Continue reading Don’t Compare
Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear. -- Anon A radical shift In our culture, shifting the focus to look for what's strong in our creative work can be a radical idea because we're taught early to find what's wrong and fix it. A few years ago I trained in… Continue reading Focus on what works
The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. --Jim Hightower Reasons or excuses? Matisse's famous quote “Creativity takes courage” is almost a cliché, we've heard it so often. It's everywhere in memes and posters but maybe that's because as artists, we know it's true.… Continue reading Creative Courage
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