Work-in-progress peacock painting :) (via feannekitty on Instagram)
Gold ✶✴✧ Photo by Chocolate Pixel :)
Cat eye shades! Photo by Chocolate Pixel :)
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. - Andy Warhol
Remember that in order to recover as an artist, you must be willing to be a bad artist. Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.
When I make this point in teaching, I am met by instant, defensive hostility:
“But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano/act/paint/write a decent play?”
Yes … the same age you will be if you don’t.
— Julia Cameron
"Most artists and designers I know would rather work all night than turn in a sub-standard job. It is a universal truth that all artists think they a frauds and charlatans, and live in constant fear of being exposed. We believe by working harder than anyone else we can evaded detection. The bean-counters rumbled this centuries ago and have been profitably exploiting this weakness ever since." — Linds Redding
"I used to fear that my ideas were drawn from a limited pool and that at any moment this pool would dry up.
This is true if you think of creativity like a pool. A pool is a still, stagnant body of water…
Instead, idea generation needs to be like a river. There is life in a river. And death. There is love and hate. Fresh input flows in and out… there is always change.
Make a new friend. Learn to chainsaw juggle. Read a book. Go hand gliding in your underpants.
If you have done all of these things and you still don’t have anything to write about… don’t write.
Comments can be a good thing; they can create a dialogue within your work. But they can also be a very, very bad thing. Remember, there is such a thing as destructive feedback, and when you read comments about your work, you open yourself up to that.
And not only can it be poisonous to the content creator, but it can spoil the experience for the reader as well.
Not all comments are bad… Art is not born in a vacuum, but it’s not born inside a tornado of shrieking trolls, either.”
Cosmic Kitten drawing! For sale at the CARA Pet Project Fundraiser for the benefit of our furry friends. CARA stands for “Compassion and Responsibility for Animals”.