It’s your art. Don’t worry about what people think.
It is 9:00 o’clock at night and I haven’t made any art yet, but I have made tea. My youngest daughter woke up at 2:00 am with a sore throat. We sat together on the living room sofa while the water boiled. She drank tea and then went back to bed.
Today I was out of the house almost all day doing errands; dirty dishes are on the counter and I haven’t cleaned the seven litter boxes. There is pizza on the island that I bought on the way home. I still haven’t eaten.
We will make art this month. We will talk about line and shape and shadows and I will tell you why I don’t use paintbrushes. But, I have to tell you something else first.
It’s your art. Don’t worry about what people think .
Remember in grade school when the teacher would walk around the room during art class? She would walk past your desk, then she would stop at the next desk, pick up the artwork and say, “Look class. Isn’t this great?”
At the end of the art class the teacher picked five students to stand at the front of the class and hold their art work up. You were never picked.
Did you feel bad?
Do you attach your value to how your art is perceived? You feel worthy if someone likes your art. If someone doesn’t like your art you feel worthless.
Because of how you were raised or how you approach the world, you’ve knowingly or unknowingly attached your self-worth to how your produce or art is received. In simple term’s, it they love it, you’re worthy; if they don’t, you’re worthless. ― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
You are more than your art. You value is in who you are, not in what you make. [ click here to tweet. tweet tweet]
This month we will have courage. We will be vulnerable and draw. We will put our drawings on our refrigerator. We will Dare Greatly.
We are not drawing to hear someone say, “I like that.” We draw to find out who we are. We will draw what is inside of us. We will draw what we see and what is in our imagination.
Do you say, “I can’t draw?”
I disagree with you. You can draw. And tomorrow I will tell you how I know.
Do you ever say, “I can’t draw?”
Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.