Fear of paint, of art, of creativity is something I’ve come across over and over again. People constantly say they can’t paint, or they can’t draw. But I say that everyone can paint. Yes, everyone.
Think back to your childhood – chances are that painting and drawing were your favorite pastimes. But as you grew older, you suddenly started thinking that you cannot paint.
Comparison and fear of ridicule.
Also, this belief that creating art is something “Artists” do. Artists = masters like Monet, Fragonnard <insert your favorite artist>.
But I say this: anyone who puts paint to paper is an artist. You’re fighting years of conditioning to trust yourself enough to paint. You’re fighting comparisonitis, you’re fighting fear of ridicule, and you’re being brave enough to paint.
No one has to see your creations, but create you must. Unleash the artist within, make some effort to learn some of the basics, and then approach it with love, with devotion, with abandon. Not only will your art improve, you’ll be able to work through your emotions and release them.
I would go so far as to say that art fulfills the most basic of human needs – to communicate. From early cave man, who left us clues to his life and existence through cave drawings; to Egyptian hieroglyphs, which use pictures to create words; to the symbols on Tarot cards, which are used and reimagined and understood to this day; to the masters like Monet and Rubens, who left behind a rich legacy of their lives and times; to modern artists like Rothko and Munch, who use abstraction and color to convey emotion and thoughts – art is one of the most potent forms of communication. Not only is the artist conveying a message, the viewer is interpreting it according to what he knows and what he needs to receive in the moment.
And when you tap into this world of colors and symbols, images and creative play, can you imagine the potential to bring about positive change? Even if all it is is a few moments that take you back to the unbridled joy you felt in your childhood, is that not reason enough to release your fears and create with wild abandon?Are you ready to kick comparisonitis to the curb and create with wild abandon? Click To Tweet
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