It’s easy to spend your time scrolling and discovering art from all over the world. Art is continuously being redefined, medium after medium, and instantly shared around the world. You can choose to compare your work to others’ or learn to appreciate that each of us have something unique to share.
Sometimes, this is much easier said than done.
“Wow, I could never make that.” “How did they do that?!” An hour later and I am slouched across my bed throwing guilt and disappointment at my wire wrapping tools only to have said emotions bounce right back and knock me down.
But what if you what you do makes you happy?
Why stop or be discouraged at the hard work and/or accomplishments of others?
We all have our own shit to deal with and use art as an outlet of expression. You don’t have to be Pablo Picasso or take photos for National Geographic to enjoy it or turn it into a career. We practice and create art in different forms because it feeds our soul or gets us inspired to get out of bed each morning.
Painting, drawing, speaking, tattoo, photography, makeup, videography, claymation, body building, etc.
We should be doing for ourselves and for the joy it brings to our daily lives. If you truly believe your hobby or art brings you joy, don’t let anything get in the way of that, especially to artists around the world who more than likely feel the exact same way as you do. It’s about learning to love the process and the journey of starting from scratch and practicing over and over again. Putting in the practice, learning about the history, following your gut, whatever it may be that will allow you to grow and find your own style or voice. Everyone goes through these stages and learns to appreciate every piece, race, event, session, eager for the next.
That’s sort of the beauty of art: we all bring unique perspectives and through our journey create our own style and find our voice.
So the next time you get hung up, discouraged or find yourself comparing your work/art to others, take a moment to reflect on where you’ve been, how’d you get to this point? Did you get a brand new journal and have written one page? Or have a closet full of canvases from the past 2 years of hard work? Appreciate where you’ve been and where you will go. Appreciate the unique art you create, for it is all yours, and all other art in any form.
XOXO // SYDMO