Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. —Mark Twain Advertisements
Don’t let the bastards get you down. It’s something people say to encourage you to keep being you, to keep following your path. Ignore the judgement of others, shake off their opinions and carry on shining. But what if the biggest bastard is within yourself? That nagging voice…you’re not good enough. Give up. Why bother? I thought about this today, as I felt heavy with my own self perceived inadequacy. It weighed on my back like a boulder, pushing me deeper into the sofa.. ‘Why bother?’ it whispered. I couldn’t move and drag myself to create, I felt helpless and overwhelmed. We are all our own worst critic. Our own worst enemy, and the biggest hurdle to success than anything else. Where is the saying don’t let YOUR bastard get you down? Because the majority of the time, we don’t have anyone else to blame than ourselves. The good news is that these spells of self doubt are fleeting. We just have to learn to ride the waves as they come, and fight our way …
Finding your flow as an artist is an ever evolving journey. It’s like chasing sunbeams dancing off walls. You can touch them, watch the light reflect off your skin, magical and illuminating. It’s inspiring, distracting, frustrating and like drowning in oxygen all at the same time. There’s a whole wealth of things to create, and your heart wants to express them in so many ways. The trick to being a successful artist and developing your ‘style’ is learning to control the distracted child, entranced by shiny things, trying to play with them all. It’s something I’m still learning, evolving and trying to control. After several years of battling I’m starting to feel like I have a bit more of a grip on the reigns, to lead this frigging art unicorn inside my mind to the place it needs to go. I’m working on a new collection, inspired by and building on a recent 30 day painting challenge I completed. 🦄🎨❤️ You can watch this here: 30 Day Painting Challenge – YouTube
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller. That’s kind of what painting is about. Pouring your heart and soul into a canvas, bare and exposed for everyone to see. My paintings are not about realism, detail or perfection. They are about colour, emotions and expression. Every brush stroke is a cathartic healing process, an escape from reality and into peace ☮️
”Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” This piece was heavily inspired by one of my all time favourite artists, Charmain Olivia. If you haven’t seen her awe inspiring work, you really need to.
My studio is messy, I’m not going to lie. I’m not organised, nothing has a dedicated place, and I mainly paint on the floor using cardboard boxes to rest my canvases on. Classy right? Everything in there is pretty much covered in paint splats..and if it isn’t, it will be. But despite the chaos, it’s the one place I feel surprisingly calm. The exciting news is that I have a new studio space being prepared ASAP. Maybe I’ll keep it tidy…watch this space.
Curl up on the sofa with a colourful cow. Not everyday you can say that right? Lots of my colourful work can be bought as cool accessories now – not a bad idea with Christmas on the way! Shop here: https://www.redbubble.com/…/emilyl…/works/16003470-cow-face…