I love this! I was first drawn to it because of the glorious colors. And THEN I was blown away by the quote.
I’m not sure this fits ALL artists, but it sure fits ME. :0)
I put down my crayons for years and years because I was afraid of failure. I was afraid of what others would think or say about what I had created. I felt that anything I did wouldn’t measure up to ‘real’ art.
My good friend Debbye, to whom my website, Creative Artworks is dedicated, got angry with me when she was dying of recurrent breast cancer and lost patience with my cowardice. She challenged me, asking, “What the Hell have you got to lose? What difference does it make if what you create never makes it off your own refrigerator door? JUST DO IT!”
I took her words to heart and realized that art – to me – is in the creation. I get an idea. It rattles around in my head for awhile. Then I start dreaming about it. Finally, when I can make the time to go try to make the idea come to life, I have a wondrous time where the rest of the world falls away. My favorite music is playing in the background and I get to play. I’m like a kid with new fingerpaints, diving in and splashing around, having the time of my life.
I used to never show anything I had made to anyone, fearing what they would say, or feeling as if I were putting them in a really awkward position of trying not to hurt my feelings. Now that I’m older, I realize that the joy I had in creating the piece is enough.
If someone else likes something I’ve made enough to tell me, that’s WONDERFUL. I walk around with my feet gliding through the air, three inches off the ground, with my heart ready to explode with happiness. If they like what I’ve created enough to BUY it, I dance around the room before processing the order with a huge smile on my face. If I don’t get any feedback or sales, that’s okay now. I enjoyed making the piece and putting it up for sale. That’s ENOUGH.
I refuse to put down my crayons. They give me a quality of life I refuse to give up. They allow me to escape from whatever might be bothering me and take me to a place of infinite possibilities. They stimulate my mind and body and challenge me.
What will you make with YOUR crayons today?