Sunday, November 4, 2007

The first step

fairy dance

I have a good friend, he is in his 50's and is one of those lovely eccentric artists that cannot help but inspire you. I was showing him my art journal (which is also an altered book) and he was very positive and encouraging about it. He insists I need to pus some of this on canvas. I was hesitant at first but my husband chimed in with his own admonition that I should at least try. What is the harm in trying?

I sketched this about a week ago. I stare at it, knowing it needs to be made into a canvas piece but something stops me from doing it. My own insecurities I suppose. I do my journal but that is for me, it's personal and it doesn't matter if it is good or not. Canvas though, canvas is a different story. To put it to canvas is an intention to put it out there for the world to see, feel and in the end judge.

So I sit and I wait and I doubt. I really need to take my friends advice, more importantly, I need to take my husband's advice. "What is the harm in trying?

I'm still asking myself that question.


Anonymous said...

I have a motto that I go by whenever I doubt myself..there are no mistakes in art. I believe it's true, for real!! Even if you don't like your attempts on canvas, you can always gesso over it and start again on something new. Sometimes the best things I've made have started out being really ugly "mistakes". So, no mistakes in art, k? :) Go for it!!!

Brahdelt said...

What's holding you back, girl? It doesn't help if you think about it and consider pros and cons. You have a beautiful sketch, bring it to life with some colours! Just do it! *^v^*

Mariposa said...

Katie: No mistakes, got it! :)

Brahdelt: I think it is my insecurity. I mean, me an artist? Come on now! I recall just saying to someone the other day that I can't draw stick figures right. *laughs* I guess it is getting out of that very narrow minded mindset that says I am not worthy enough to do it.

I'll get over it, I'm sure. Thanks for posting!