Saturday, June 11, 2011

Artistic Confidence

Artist Print on etsy

When I began this blog, I started with the idea that I wanted to project total confidence as an artist.  I should know everything about everything and always make perfect art.  Even if I started small, I should continue to grow at a steady pace.  But the truth is, I have good days and I have bad days.  Growing in my art is not a steady rise in confidence and skills.  There are bumps along the way. 

Some days, it feels like everything I make is perfect.  I create something and stop and stare at it for hours.  I bug my husband by making him stop and look at it over and over again with me.

Other days, it feels like nothing I do is right.  I try painting, it looks like garbage.  I try to make a necklace, and it looks like garbage.  I feel like the child of Midas and Oscar the Grouch; everything I touch turns to garbage.

Why am I sharing this?  Because for many of you out there, you may feel the same way.  Perhaps you think this is a sign that you aren't very good.  But I think all people struggle with this, even within their own talents.  All skills take time to grow and everyone makes mistakes.  So keep at it! 

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Art Sign on etsy

Is there anything that you struggle to feel confident in?  Have any of your mistakes ever turned into amazing ideas?


  1. My favourite quote is this: Those who never do mistakes never do anything.
    I don't know who said it in the first place but he/she did have a good point.
    I prefer to call my days for success days and training days. And you are right, "mistakes" very often leads to new exiting ideas.

  2. This is how I feel about molecular cloning. :)

  3. I think we all have our ups and downs in our creating. I feel the same as you about good days and bad.
    I love all the inspirational quotes you found :)

  4. Great post and like the line graph.
    It would be wonderful to have days of great art all of the time but I truly believe we learn from those struggles and things that look like garbage!!

  5. Beautifully said! Some days are diamonds and some days are dust. I love the admission about the flawed perspective on the future - "I would project confidence, know everything about everything, and have steady growth." How often we undertake things with that heart. Growth only comes with the falls and the getting back up. People are more helped by knowing that this happens to us also than by our perfection. This should be read by many!


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