Have you ever gotten all excited to start painting and then stepped up in front of a big, blank canvas and suddenly started to hear voices in your head telling you terrible things?
Things like, "Who do you think you are?"
"You have no talent!" "It won't be pretty, so don't even start."
"No one will like it."
"You are not an artist!" "It will be a total waste of time!"
"You can't draw, so what makes you think you can paint?"
More often than you'd think.
It's a common problem for so many artists. Yes, even after painting for years, those ugly little voices can still come back now and then to haunt you. Especially when you're about to try something new. Those little voices all belong to one beast, and it's name is Fear.
Fear is quite talented and can sound like many different people from your life. It can sound just like your mother, your aunt, your spouse, or your 5th grade teacher! And when you're staring at that big white space, about to put your first brushstroke of beautiful color on, those voices can have so much power! They can stop you in your tracks.
A few years ago, I created a class to address those voices and that ugly little monster, Fear. I've learned that if you name your fears and share them with others, they tend to lose some of that power. They get quieter. So one of the first steps my students and I took was to talk about all of our fears about starting to paint. We took turns sharing them out loud while I wrote them down on my own big, blank canvas, with a Sharpie!
My clean, white canvas was quickly covered with FEAR in black permanent ink!
Further steps involved choosing favorite colors, getting really messy and laughing a lot. We made lots of new discoveries and even shared a few tears as we painted beautiful color over all those fears. I finished up my demo painting later at home and the painting above is the end result. "Fearless"
All our shared fears are still there, but they have been transformed by layers of beautiful, juicy color, courage, and open hearted curiosity.
Unexpectedly, and to my great delight, this piece has become a special gift, a symbol of courage and strength for women going through life's toughest challenges. I hope it inspires you too!
"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." Danny Kaye
Now go make some art!
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