Last week’s exercise ended with a series of questions…including this one:
so AFRAID of
making a mistake?
Similar to the other questions I’ve asked, there is no right or wrong answer; whatever you come up with is your answer, your truth. Besides that, there isn’t just “one” answer! I think that depending upon the time in our lives that this question is asked, the answers would vary. If I were to take a tongue-in-cheek guess and even generalize as to a few possible answers, I think they would look something like this:
a teen would say…“I’m not afraid!”
an adult would say…“Because I don’t want to be embarrassed.”
and an artist would say…“How much time do you have?”
Since the answer to this question varies from person to person, I think it truly speaks to our fear of the unknown because if we’re not sure what we’re afraid of, then the very idea of making a mistake — any kind of mistake — becomes larger than life.
As creating individuals, we have more than our share of potential mistakes just waiting to be made…from the simple choice of what colors to use to the more daunting and painful decisions about who to trust in our chosen industry.
Week #4 Exercise: Becoming True
One of the biggest unknowns we artists are faced with early on, is not knowing whether our work is “good”. When we are unsure of the work we do, i.e., whether it is “good”, our anxiety and doubt can paralyze us and prevent us from moving forward and creating to our fullest potential. How ironic that when we are anxious and tense about creating “ugly”, we are more likely to create what we fear…UGLY!!!
But back to this week’s exercise…knowing inside of us whether our work is “good” is part of what I call “Becoming True”. “Becoming True” is something that needs to happen before “Staying True” which to me, is one of the biggest ways we can combat our fears. Becoming True means being honest…with yourself and with others. Staying True is solidifying our beliefs by taking action when we need to.
Below you will find a piece of art; the directions for the exercise are very simple and should only take a few minutes.
Write 3-5 things that you DO NOT LIKE about this piece,
i.e., constructive criticism, in the comment section below.
If you can’t log onto the comment section, please email them to me and I will post them; you can email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
WARNING: I will delete any inkling of a positive comment,
even if it follows your list! (I’m serious!!!)
That’s it…state your opinion…be honest…become true.
Need some help? here’s a few starters:
I don’t like (insert something specific).
This piece does not appeal to me because (insert something specific).
I think that (insert something specific) would look better if (insert something specific).
Wondering how this ties in with “fear of the unknown”? You’ll see…In the meantime, thanks for coming along!