Have you ever looked at a painting or a piece of art and thought something along the lines of ‘I wish I could do that’ but done absolutely nothing about it? Have you ever really asked yourself why you have never just picked up a brush and given it a go?
Some of the most common (and often daunting) feelings facing those who wish to be creative are:
- Not knowing where to start
- Fear of failure
If you do want to be creative, but feel a bit reluctant, then you may find my little list of advice helpful. I have picked up these nuggets of information from my own experience, and the advice of others. I frequently utilise this list whenever I am suffering the irritatingly notorious ‘creative block’ which plagues us all from time to time.
Oh and remember, this list does not apply to artists alone. It is useful for anyone who seeks a creative outlet. Whether you want to write a poem, sculpt a Greek God, learn to play the ukulele, or simply knit an amusing bobble hat- it’s all relevant 🙂
1. BE OPEN MINDED.
The fear of beginning something new means you will never really throw yourself into it. If you never make mistakes, you will never learn from these mistakes. You HAVE to get it wrong in order to know what NOT to do. In turn this narrows it down. If you know what not to do, you can figure out what you ARE SUPPOSED to do. Remember not to search for perfection, but for progress. If you search for perfection you may overwhelm yourself and hamper your creativity. So just throw yourself into it, trust your instincts (even if they are wrong to start out), and most importantly- have fun!
2. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE.
No matter what age or stage you are at in your life, it is not too late, pointless, or silly to start being creative. The joy of being creative is something that everyone can experience, and can (should it be desired). Whether art is a deep rooted dream, a hobby, or just something you would like to have a ‘go at’ then by all means set aside your reservations and get stuck in. After all, what is there to lose?
3. IGNORE THAT SILLY LITTLE VOICE IN YOUR HEAD.
There is no sense in listening to a negative little voice in your head telling you that you can’t, that you shouldn’t waste your time. or that your efforts will be rubbish. That guy just needs to PIPE DOWN. He should not have any power over you and your creative outlets- who does he think he is?! Tell him to get on his bike, take a long ride, and never come back. Job’s a good’un.
4. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
Trust me when I say this- it is totally counter-productive to continually (and negatively) compare yourself to accomplished artists with far more experience than yourself. This activity will only serve to lower your self esteem and your beliefs in your ability to be creative. Yes, there are people out there who are at a different level to yourself, but this should not discourage you. On the contrary, you should use these people to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE and MOTIVATE you. Most of all, you should learn from them and enjoy the process of your own art, and the lessons it provides you with.
5. DO NOT BE EMBARRASSED TO SHARE YOUR WORK WITH OTHERS.
Do not be afraid of showing your work to others for fear of rejection or what they might think. It is an inevitable fact of life that you simply cannot please everyone. I mean seriously, think how many people exist in the world. Some will love your work, others might even hate it with the fiery passions of hell. Who cares? As long as it makes you and a percentage of others happy, then you are absolutely succeeding at being creative.
I hope that in some ways my mini creative mantra has inspired you even a little to get out there and try it for yourselves. Here’s a few more of my favourite little sayings that inspire me everyday!