With all that love floating through my mind, a dark cloud started to creep in. What if everyone else doesn't love it as much as I do? What if I'm just kidding myself that this piece is actually working? What if I go through all this and it doesn't get juried into Sacred Threads. Hmmmmm..... this cloud is threatening to become a full fledged thunderstorm!
Now all of a sudden, I've gone from a place of confidence in my art to a place of doubt. Why???
Fear is destructive. Fear is limiting. Fear is exhausting. Fear is a prison.
So, with my art, what am I afraid of?
- People will hate it.
- It's ordinary and plebeian.
- I'm wasting precious resources of time and money.
- I don't have anything to say .
- It won't be as good as I see it in my mind's eye.
1. If people hate it, so what? Am I making art for me or for them? And really, one thing I've learned is that anything can be loved by someone, somewhere. The popularity of the television program, The Bachelor is proof of that!
2. Does something need to be unusual to be good art? I don't think so. My favorite art is those that show the beauty in the ordinary. Besides who really wants a canvas of stapled dead rats on their wall?? (Yes, I did see this once in an art show!)
3. Is it a waste if it makes me happy and I'm staying mentally active? Entertainment takes time and money. There are far worse ways to spend my entertainment dollar.
4. Me?! With nothing to say? Who am I kidding??
5. I'll never know if it's as good as it was in my mind's eye unless I finish it. If it's not, then what's
the worse thing that can happen? I work out the problems and fix it. Or I change my initial vision.
Answering my fears is sometimes enough to quiet them. Also, reading inspirational quotes and essays remind me that everyone - even the greats - have fears. They all succeeded despite of them and so can I.
What are your fears? How do you handle them? And if you are. . . . .
What are you doing Creatively??