I have been taking a Video Production class at City Arts on Wednesdays, and have been enjoying what a nice facility this is. One of the fun things is the art related quotes that are all over the walls. I especially like this one. “Creativity takes Courage” by Henri Matisse. I couldn’t agree more! Here are a few of the scary things that I encounter as an artist:
- risking failure – not every new thing I try works out well! Not every piece of art is a success.
- risking rejection – when a piece doesn’t sell, or doesn’t get published, or I overhear negative remarks about it… it is hard to not take it personally! To keep putting art out there over and over and over takes courage!
- learning new things – I am constantly being challenged to learn new things (like video production… ugh!)
- living loud – the more my art gets known, the more of a public figure I become, giving talks, teaching workshops, etc. No more safety of going incognito!
But as Eleanor Roosevelt advised, I try to do at least one thing each day that scares me! Otherwise, I won’t stay creative.
What would you add to the list?