Since I’ve started this blog and tried to be more present with my work in the online community, using social media and connecting with others, I’m kind of swept of my feet by all the gorgeousness I see every day, the beautiful things people post and share, the creativity that is brimming everywhere… And inspired like never before I also start doubting my abilities… there’s so many insanely talented illustrators, graphic designers, crafters – how could I possibly create something as good?
These thoughts will always be ready to jump on us and if we listen too willingly we are lost… lost in fears of not being good enough… of not being creative… of not having anything to say… or show… or share with the world that is worthy any attention.
I bet I’m not the only one.
Then it feels good turning to our dear old friends that faced the same issues before us (long before Facebook or Twitter!), getting some good advices on how to cope with the lack of confidence that has to be overcome again and again… Like Vincent van Gogh so wisely said:
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Yes, wouldn’t that just be the most pitiful and regrettable thing that could ever happen? Much worse than giving it our best and taking the risk of sharing our work although it will not be perfect? Nothing is ever perfect – not even Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt or Picasso! Everyone doubt their abilities in the creative process – everyone!
If you feel you need a boost in this area (and who doesn’t?), I have the perfect read for you: “Think like an artist… and lead a more creative, productive life” by Will Gompertz, published by Penguin books last year. I quote from the chapter “Artists are brave”:
“… the legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel declared: “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” This is what artists do, even though it leaves them exposed. They are in a way naked in front of the world saying, “Look at me!” and they do this when they are not entirely sure what they have produced is any good. Creativity, as Henri Matisse said, “takes courage”.”
And when you finished reading, grab your favourite crayons and BE BRAVE!