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You Are Going to Suck

Sorry, but you will. It will feel awkward and uncomfortable, and you are going to suck. There’s no avoiding this. It’s just what’s going to happen.

At first.

Then you’ll get better. But often that’s not good enough for us. We’re adults. We’re used to things coming easily, learning quickly. No longer do we struggle with hand-eye co-ordination; managing any style of cup from table to mouth is now a breeze. No more difficult looping of bunny ears on the road to tying our own shoes.

Art and creativity are not that simple.

You will be learning to use your body in a new way, considering new and possibly foreign concepts of manipulating water and pigment with a hairy-ended stick. This may take a little while to get used to.

This is okay.

I promise – you will get better. It will feel better.

In the meantime… Have the courage to suck.

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Stop Being So Damn Critical Seriously, just stop. You’re doing better than you think. (and you’re just kind of being mean to yourself – so stop, you don’t deserve it)   Get more useful reminders when you sign up for our mailing list:        

You’ve started down the path of something new. It’s difficult and challenging… but you’re doing it. That’s awesome. Truly.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

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Most people think there is a special, elusive ‘talent’ that artist’s have that makes them good at art. This is The Talent Myth and it’s a load of crap.

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The Talent Myth debunked – creativity is an essential human need and part of our membership in the tribe and our question for self-actualization.