Top 3 Lies Artists Tell Themselves

I often wish I could turn off my brain. It is so easy to psych myself out before even picking up a pencil, charcoal, paintbrush, or wacom pen. Too much stuff starts sloshing up there between my ears. I realize that most of it is just lies brought about by fear. But like I always tell my kids, courage is doing something despite being afraid. So I present to you….

My top 3 lies that an artist needs to banish from his head and how to combat them.

  1. This has been done before.
    Maybe so but not by YOU. Everyone has a different perspective. There is room in the world for your unique perspective.
  2. Other artists are better than me.
    Also might be true but who cares? How do artists get better? By doing. That’s how anyone gets better at their craft. Enjoy it. Be excited about learning. Be inspired by the work of others and know that they have their own internal struggles.
  3.  I should do something more meaningful.
    You can’t do anything in life without first being true to yourself. If you feel the need to create, then by all means, do it. It will feed your soul and the world needs happy souls. You will shine when you’re true to yourself and in return that will affect those around you. And what is more meaningful than keeping those closest to you smiling?

And if doubt still plagues you, I leave you with a quote by Robert Hughes.

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”

Karen Wolcott self portrait

self portrait

www.karenwolcottillustration.com

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4 Responses to Top 3 Lies Artists Tell Themselves

  1. Rob Fike says:

    Reblogged this on [ROB]ots, Puppies & other Stuff and commented:
    The top 3 lies artists tell themselves. An introspective look at insecurity and passion. Great piece by KW illustrates.

  2. Makes perfect senses. I often struggled with these lies myself, and some others not mentioned here.
    Also great portrait. I like the stylization

  3. meganodea says:

    “…the world needs happy souls.” Love it! These are all three so true!

  4. meganodea says:

    “…and the world needs happy souls.” Love it. This post is so true!

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