Thousands of people are plagued with the belief that they are not an artist and could never become one. Little do they know, there has been an artist within them their whole life.
You have muffled your artistic voice by setting an unreachable standard of perfection. In reality, art can be anything and everything you want it to be. Art may be something that’s out of your comfort zone, but it will never be something out of your reach.
Art is an escape for anyone who dares to try it. If you don’t believe me, try these steps and tap into your inner artist:
Take a moment to let go of others’ opinions.
The fear of judgement and rejection from others will drown any artistic streak until it is lifeless. This is an extremely difficult but vital step for anyone — no matter their artistic background.
A helpful tip: pretend like you are the only one in the world. Remember that the only person you are trying to satisfy is yourself.
Choose your tool.
Art can be created with any material. I encourage you to experiment with any tool you have access to. This includes mediums you can find around your house such as pens, paint, or magazines. When you experiment with different art forms, you allow your brain to see art through a limitless lens.
What do you want to express?
When you use different tools, you will feel different emotions. When deciding what you want to express, you will recognize that certain tools can help you express emotions better than other tools. Emotion is probably the easiest and most therapeutic expression that you can convey.
How you express emotion is specific to you. There is freedom in it. No one can say what you create is right or wrong. For me, paint is easiest to use because you can pick any color you’re drawn to, smudge it on paper while tuning into that emotion, and BOOM you just created an expressive art piece.
Remember this process is for you and no one else.
Find comfort and security in knowing that you don’t have to show what you create to anyone if you don’t want to. But, if you do choose to bless the world with your art, remember that people may view things differently from you, or they may not understand it at all.
While this can make you feel uncomfortable or insecure, it is completely normal. Not everyone will understand your art because no one’s brain is exactly the same as yours.
Celebrate your unique vision.
Don’t shy away from things you crave to create
Some of the most well-known and revolutionary artists were misunderstood because they were vulnerable. The reason why they were so successful in the long run was because they were genuine and true to themselves.
If all artists stopped sharing their art because of judgement, our world would fall apart. You never know who may relate to your art and feel less alone because somebody else understands them. At the end of the day, people who are passionate about art will respect an artist if they are true to themselves.
Now go live expressively and authentically
I sincerely hope that this guide will make you five steps closer to a more authentic version of yourself. Remember not to take yourself too seriously, follow your expressive impulses, and dare to free that little artist within because it’s time you let them live.