It’s true that I was struggling in the past as an artist. I was feeling blocked, unsure about my strength, while questioning my skills. I was feeling drained and stuck and unmotivated. I was being suffocated by my own negative thoughts and doubts. But my inner cyber-warm saved me! I discovered this wonderful world called “blogging” that allowed me to read other people’s stories and understand that I wasn’t in this delusional depression by myself and that others had gotten through this as well.
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As I was stumbling upon one blog after the other I was receiving more and more information and support on how to train my mind to exit this harmful state and be lead towards personal blossom. For instance, I ‘m very much enjoying reading Let’s Sandbox by the talented and free-spirited Darius Lukas. He gives great advice and I couldn’t recommend him more. So, since I trust his opinion I often check the books he recommends for more wisdom and creative prosperity. I then came across this AMAZING book, called The Artist’s Way, written by the gifted Julia Cameron.
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I ‘ve heard about this book before, but I didn’t pay much attention because… I have to admit… of his cover! I know, I know, right? NEVER judge a book by its cover! That’s true. Long story short I order it and I ‘ve been going through its pages daily from the very moment it came into my hands. Julia Cameron is a profound teacher and healer. You might think that this word is overrated since people tend to us it sometimes for the small things, but it suits her perfectly.
She came up with this extremely practical guidelines that lead you through unlocking your creativity. This book was nothing like I had read before. It is well-structured with rich yet simple techniques that are completely applicable. It is a twelve-week course in “discovering and recovering your creative self”. If focuses on healing old wounds and overcoming disbelieves that so many of us have and hold us back.
The philosophy of this book is the following:
You have to write down 3 pages of raw, unfiltered thoughts mind on a daily basis.
Easy peasy, right? And it is. All there is for you to do is empty your thoughts by transferring everything that comes into your mind on paper. All the good and the bad. Especially the bad, because then you ‘ll be taught on how to turn them around. You will be taught to identify the pieces that keep you stuck and and rise walls in front of. You will be taught how to swift your beliefs around , heal your self and unleash all your creative power.
There are ten assignments in every week for us to complete. I personally find that a bit much to do in one week, so I sometimes take my time and allow myself to stay there for two weeks, if needed. In this way I manage to absolve it better and work with myself in a deeper level. The course goes through the senses of safety, identity, power, integrity, possibility, abundance, connection, strength, compassion, self-protection, autonomy and faith. I could go on and on about it, but I prefer to go deeper with this and dedicate a whole different post on each chapter in the future, so you can fully understand it and explore the experience with me. Meanwhile, I totally recommend it. Go buy this book now! You won’t regret it.
How do you deal with being stuck? Got any advise for me? Please let me know on the comments below.
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I recently reached 100 followers, which is kinda big deal for me, because it not only gives me the chance to share my thoughts, advice and experience with more people, but I can also connect with them and develop friendships all over the world.
In addition to this, I realised that I ‘ve been avoiding exposing myself since I created this blog and I was trying to have a more polished image on the interwebs (I love this word!). On the other hand, what I love most when I scout through other blogs is how people show their true colors and share their stories alongside with good and bad times. Their success and failures. So here’s mine, on how I became the artist I today claim to be. Raw and unpolished.
I was drawing since I was a little girl. I was told I was good at it and I was also enjoying it, so I kept doing it. When I was in high school I attended drawing classes for 6 months under the instructions of a very gifted, yet conservative teacher, who tought me how to capture steal life with my pencil and I still thank him for that.
Later on I lead my way through University in the Department of Audiovisual Arts and while I was more than excited to be there at the first place, it turn out it wasn’t serving me at all. I was dreaming a career in illustration, but the school’s blurred schedule, that was unpleasantly changing every year, was forcing me with monstrosity to attend classes that I hated, like programming, sound engineering, truly basic Photoshop techniques and modern painting, that was communicated in a completely useless way to us by a not-so-trust-worthy teacher.
Despite the odds, I was trying to do my best by taking every drawing class available. At the time I was admiring my teacher, which happened to be a great painter, but the worst educator possible. His inferiority complex was higher than ever and he was making me feel bad about myself and my art, emphasising that I had to compete with more experienced and better artists than me and I wouldn’t be able to make a living as an illustrator, or comics creator, which I was so much craving to be. What a douche! I was trying to draw things that would satisfy him and get his approval, but all I ever got in the end was quit drawing at all, because I wasn’t creating anything that was true to myself and my spirit wasn’t being feed by the beauty of creativity at all. I wasn’t letting my mind be expressed by my art, because I was so terrified of other people’s and my teacher’s judgment. I wouldn’t be good enough, I wouldn’t be talented enough, I wouldn’t be brilliant enough. I wouldn’t be enough. I was so wrong, but I didn’t know any better at the time. Even at this very moment that I write these lines I feel liberated for admitting that to myself.
Long story short, I quitted all artistic work for a while, actually more than a while, I moved to a new country, spending a year in Czech Republic and trying to figure out what I was gonna do with my life and the things that I’m passionate about, if there were any. I discovered writing. Actually it was more of a realisation than a discovery, since I’ve been feeling dozens of notebooks with my written stories, dreams, ambitions and fears and I honestly enjoy it. I tried to break through journalism, but I couldn’t find any paying job and I don’t believe in working for free, so I stopped looking.
The months and years were passing by and I was still unsure about my bright future, even though deep down I know it was gonna turn illuminating somehow. I couldn’t find a way to turn things around and then I discovered the magical world of self-help. I Have to admit I was more than suspicious at first and even a disbeliever at the sound of it, but I came across so much useful material that really helped me move forward, so I became a fanatic.
What is more, I started drawing again. And this time I wasn’t afraid to make mistakes. I know that nothing is perfect all along, you have to work for it and evolve your skills through mistakes, failure, experiments and faith. And I was rewarded for my courage to put myself out there. My drawing is only becoming better. Even if I draw some bad sketches sometimes, I keep making them until they turn better and better..
Plus, my creativity fulfills me in an unexpected way that I hadn’t experienced before and I use my art to communicate with others. This is my purpose. This is the reason of my existence. To create something everyday. I write and I draw. And I connect with other like-minded people. And I exchange texts and messages and I talk. And I make new friends. And I expand my mind. And I learn. I Keep learning. I Keep evolving. I Keep the magic going.
That’s why I am an illustrator. To make my own world and help others express theirs.
What is your story? What have you been struggling with? Did you get over it, or is it still bothering you somehow? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Love until next time!
I’m such a lover of the Arts I seriously can’t live without them. Especially the visual ones. They feed me, they curry this vibrant energy that flows in me, they are my goddesses.
The experience I had the last time I visited the Modern Art Museum in the town Arnhem, in Netherlands was rich enough for about ten posts, but I’m gonna narrow it down and talk about the highlights.
Here’s the first part, in case you missed it.
First of all I have to comment on this amazing “boobie” sculpture. Dozens of glass boobs of every color and shape were placed upon one another creating this surreal piece of art that is adorning the forecourt of the Museum. It can be characterized as origins and funny with a touch of eroticism. I absolutely loved it. I would take it home, if I could. It was created by the artist Maria Roosen in 2010 under the title “Borstrentos”.
While I was wandering in the sacred place of flowing creativity I stumbled upon the installation “Vanitas” created by Hans Op De Beech in 1969. It was creepy in a way that still life carries death with it. Simple, monochromatic and scary, depicting objects of the artist’s every day life back in the days.
Entering the first room that you were coming across while entering the exhibition you were instantly feeling the melancholy and misfortune of old and hard times. I believe the paintings and installations were carefully picked to bring that feeling to the visitor. To connect them with the past and with times long gone and forgotten. Dark and mysterious is not really my style, but it was sure interesting.
As I continue my walk I came face to face with the work of talented painter Serie Tekeningen. She draw raw and rough portraits of women. Full face and profile. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. My mind kept going back and forth their imaginary stories and I was trying to figure out how their lives should be. I should be standing there and gazing them over 30 minutes. Even the guard was impressed. They are printed in my mind now and I can recall them whenever I want.
My focus today was on giving you a small taste of how it was to visit those shows. I don’t know if they are still exhibited, but if you’re in the area it worths your time.
Artful kisses until next time!
From now you can have commissions requested! Yay! “What’s a commission?”, you ask. It’s when you want me to draw a specific subject, like a portrait of you or your friend, or anything else that comes in mind, like a super customised digital greeting, a quote or a thank you note. Anything really.
My style is clean, black and white with small touches of color. You can visit my “Gallery” page to take a taste, or check my Instagram account. Whatever works best for you.
And the process is really easy:
1.You mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. You send me the photo of the person you want me to draw .
3. I send you an invoice of the payment (15 euros).
4. You have your illustration delivered to your mail within 3-5 working days.
And done! Simple as that!
Now hurry-up and order your commission!
You ‘ve probably noticed that my blog ‘s name has changed and that’s because the old one doesn’t resign with me any more. I wish to write about a wider spectrum of subjects from now on, thus “The Radical Creative” is perfect for me. I’m creative by definition and my interests embrace a huge number of subjects, not only cultivating happiness, but flourishing creativity and embracing artistic expression, as well as discovering new places from my eternal wanderlust. So, here you have it.
I have tons of new ideas for the upcoming posts to keep you interested. So keep coming back!
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