Today is the first Wednesday of the month and that means time fore IWSG around the blogosphere coming together for support and encouragement. Click on the pic below to get to HQ at Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog and join in or see all the participants.
Do you think being an artist makes you more insecure? Does that feeling go with the territory?
When I use the word "artist" it's to encompass anyone who uses creativity to build something out of nothing, whether it be stories, paintings, music, etc. Many of us create more than one kind of art. I myself handcraft and draw, as well as write .... many of you are musicians or graphic artists as well as writers.
Creation and artistry is in our blood, and we need more than one outlet. I crave that feeling of working with my hands--other than typing. And although I'm not musically talented, music plays a HUGE part in my creative process.
It took me a very long time to realize that being an artist made me different--in a good way. A unique way. But growing up I didn't understand it. I was not academically inclined. My grades were average and in many cases I scraped by. I never felt like I wasn't smart enough, only that I wasn't wired for academics. Yet somehow, that seemed to make me inferior in school. Why is that?
Not full understanding your artist brain makes school careers challenging. Sometimes there were bad grades, or disciplinary actions, and that can make for LOTS of insecurities. My parents noticed my artistic abilities early on and tried to emphasize that with drawing lessons and such. But that still required learning in a certain format, and that was where I differed.
I didn't flourish under standard teaching methods, because my brain worked differently. I craved experience and emotion and the need to create. That made me different than the status quo, and that made me insecure.
My point is, as artists we ARE different. We ARE more insecure. It's in our nature. And that's because we FEEL things more deeply. The structures of every day life don't work for us, because we're not wired that way. We look for the beauty and emotion and rawness of life so that we can in turn create from it. And having that hyper-sensitivity is what makes us so valuable as artists, while on the flip side, making us so vulnerable to insecurity.
We hope to evoke feeling in those we share our art with, and when we do, it's a rush like none other! Sometimes our art evokes the wrong feelings, and we're judged and critiqued and left feeling as deflated as a popped balloon. And we feel that intensely.
But that's okay, because as artists, we are meant to feel everything--even the bad stuff--because that fills our creative well with more raw emotion to use in our art. Yes, there are ups and downs like a roller coaster in the artist's life ... but that's what makes it so grand. We are thrust into the middle of a ride and hanging on for dear life, but through it all, we are LIVING.
It's not the life for everyone, and sometimes the downs seem to last too long. But the ups are so rewarding.
We are artists. We embrace our insecurities because we know they make us real. They connect us with human nature and allow us to breathe life into our art.
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Thank you so much for stopping by! Tell me about your own experience as an artist? Did you identify it at an early age? Do you still struggle with the insecurities or do you have a grip? What are the biggest challenges?