Believe In Your Art and Your Creativity

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Yesterday I spent all day creating. I doodled things and I painted things and I sketched things and it was so freaking amazing. It felt so right and I felt like myself for the first time in a while. Yet, I think back to the thoughts that I thought before I picked up the paintbrush.

“What you paint is going to suck so don’t have high expectations.”

“Your art is never going to look as good as anyone else’s.”

“Expect crap and maybe it won’t be as bad as you think. It MIGHT turn out all right.”

believe in your artWhen I was an early teen I felt so good about my art. I felt like my stuff was beautiful and it didn’t matter what anyone else thought because I rocked. Then the years of depression hit and every time I tried to make art I just ended up feeling bad about what I created and getting even more depressed and frustrated.

Depression stole my creativity.

At least that’s what it felt like. It’s still there inside of me though, surging up and bursting to be let out. It may not be what it was, but it is still there, it’s still breathing.

If you’ve struggled to make art, don’t give up on yourself.

I want to reclaim my faith in my art and I want that for you too.

I’ve learned to just keep on creating, keep on shoving my paintbrush into the mouth of those inner demons that tell me that it’s not good enough.

Whatever your spirit creates is enough. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be able to use its voice.

So let it.

Let your artistic spirit sing in paints and words and colored pencils.

The confidence will come. The faith will come.

Believe in your art and believe in yourself.

 

21 Comments

  1. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 10:30 am

    WOW!
    Yes, I would agree… creative minds think alike! *hugs*
    As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well.

  2. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 10:34 am

    What a beautiful wish, Dominee! And I LOVE your tree : ). Ah, those expectations… and the bad habits… luckily things can always change and you seem to be in a good place. Have fun and enjoy it!

    As you wish for yourself so I wish for you!

    Big hug from a Goddess Sister,

  3. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Reclaim that faith in your art. As Dominee wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

  4. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    Reclaim….what a lovely to put it. You are creative and that comes across beautifully on any surface your brush touches. Blessings my lovely.

    Rachel x

  5. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 2:05 pm

    everything you create IS beautiful. "It is not what you look at that matters, but what you see." ~ Henry David Thoreau. As you wish for yourself, so I also wish for you.

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    Tao
    January 11, 2012 / 2:45 pm

    I wish for you to reclaim your faith in art. All art is beautiful as an expression of self and life. Happy art-making!

  7. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    It will come. As you wish for yourself, so do I wish for you as well.

  8. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    As you wish for yourself, I wish for you too! May you reclaim your faith. x

  9. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    oh how I love reading your words…they are my words as well. you are not alone in your self-made fears. your work (and spirit, heart and soul) are simply beautiful. Full of energy and joy. As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well.
    ~xo~

  10. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    My first thought on this first visit to your site was:
    Oooooh, I love this!
    And the second:
    What great pictures (tree and woman)!
    So, I hope you reclaim lots of that beautiful creativity and share some with us so we can be made smile (smiling now)

  11. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 7:35 pm

    Ahhh my dearest Dominee. You are beautiful! Your art is beautiful! Never forget that! And I totally love your new free goodies by the way too! A big big thanks to you my dear.

    As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well.

  12. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    I am familiar with that negative self talk. ~hugz~

    As you wish for yourself, I also wish for you!

  13. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 8:40 pm

    As you wish for yourself so I wish for you also.

  14. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    Great wish! As you wish for yourself I wish for you too!

  15. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 9:37 pm

    Wonderful…have faith in yourself and in your art! As Dominee wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

  16. Avatar January 11, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    So much of being a creative person comes down to that faith, that trust that we are right where we need to be, learning what we need to learn. As you wish for yourself, so I also wish for you.

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    Kate a.k.a. The Secret Goddess
    January 11, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you as well <3

  18. Avatar January 12, 2012 / 1:11 am

    oh yes, yes! You are BEAUTY. As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well.

  19. Avatar January 12, 2012 / 3:13 am

    As you wish for yourself; so I wish for you!

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    stuffbysteph
    January 11, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    :) This will come with time-reclaiming your faith in art. I love how you phrase that. As you wish for yourself, Dominee, so I wish for you as well. ♥

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