The Sketchbook Challenge. Sue Bleiweiss wrote a wonderful post today on the blog about following your own path. It resonated with me because finding my path in art has been my greatest challenge. The most debilitating part of starting an 'artful' life has been overcoming my crippling lack of self-confidence. The Sketchbook Challenge was the first 'group' thing I ever participated in, but more importantly, the first time I've really stuck with something artistic and purposeful. I usually go through stages of arty energy that waxes and wains due to a lack of self-confidence, a lack of positive feedback, or a lack of purpose.
Even now my family back home don't know about my art-life and that' ok! To be honest I'm sure they would be thrilled for me if I gave them the chance, but it's not something I'm ready to test. I'm still very much on my discovery journey, and that means remaining confident and courageous in my exploration. It also means sharing my creativity and learning with a like minded creative community, drawing inspiration and wisdom from those around me, and most importantly being challenged and pushed in a way that is nurturing and not destructive. The time for me to expand into the big wide world will come, but for now I'm following my own path.
I'm interested to know a little of your path to art if you're willing to share. By the way, I've finally stepped into the 'real' cyber-world and joined Facebook, so please add me as a friend.
Thanks for checking in. xx