Last week I was listening to an Art Juice podcast where artists Louise Fletcher and Alice Sheridan were talking about limiting beliefs. These are some of the common ones they listed about artists and art:
You can’t make a living as an artist.
In order to be an artist you have to be able to draw realistically.
Real artists use oil paints.
Artwork that comes together quickly and easily is not real art.
One that held me back for many years was the belief that I didn’t have artistic talent — I didn’t have what it takes to be an artist.
I went to college as an art major right out of high school, and it was a rude awakening. I had to take the usual beginning art classes — drawing and design. It seemed like everyone except me could already draw realistically. I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t an artist because, not only could I not draw like that, I wasn’t interested in it and didn’t want to spend the time it would take to get good at it, if that was even possible. I gave up and went on a long detour that took me far away from my love of art.
It was a very long process to return to my art, and many additional years before I felt comfortable calling myself an artist. Even then, I felt that my art wasn’t as good as other people’s art, and the gallery system reinforced this belief. My type of art was considered “decorative,” and therefore not “real art.”
It’s only been the past four or five years that I’ve come to believe that art is about more than drawing, design or having a lofty concept for your work. Now I believe that art is about discovering and expressing our authentic selves, and for me, it’s also about showing others that they, too, are artists.
I want to demystify art and show you possibilities — maybe give you some ideas. I want to show you that we’re all artists, each in our own unique way. We may not all be visual artists, but we each have something that speaks through us and expresses itself as art.
It could be singing, writing, teaching, leading, gardening, building things, creating apps, taking care of people, parenting, or collecting trash. All of these things can be done in an artful way that creates more beauty and love in the world.
What is your particular expression of art? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Piece at top: “Passion,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel.