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More debunking of the Teachings and Myths of “Real Art.”

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“Real writers write on yellow foolscap paper.” said a famous author (who’s name I have erased from my memory for obvious reasons) in a workshop full of hopeful writers.  What if they believed him and now blankly sit with a pad of yellow foolscap paper in a cool coffee shop, wishing they were at home pouring out their words in a blog format that they love?

“You cannot add tiny clay pieces to large clay pieces. They will be destroyed in the firing process,”  said my first ceramics instructor. What if I’d believed that to be true and never added the first tiny faerie to one of my pots? Why, I wouldn’t have the most bizarre and magical life story that evolved as a result, and is now being turned into a novel.

“Illustration is not art,” said the university professor, and so the young artist’s dream to illustrate books was instantly squashed, and she finished her degree in fine art, and never picked up a paintbrush or pencil for years. ( Until she had coaching and realized how that teaching had stopped her.)

“You must practise your art for years before you can expect to get any recognition. That’s the price you pay for being an artist.’  I don’t even have to name the ‘speaker’ – this is such a common myth it plays in the minds of most artists.   So. Google Rachel Kilback.  She is being recognized all through the world by those who appreciate unique art. She started creating last Fall.

“Art created with an intention to sell does not result in true art.”  Yup, another university professor.  1. Do you know how nearly impossible it is for an artist to create and not have at least some moments fantasizing  about it’s financial worth? Imagine the havoc this plays in the minds of emerging artists who doubt their worth simply because of their ‘bad’ thoughts.  2. Do you think that the most recognized and highly productive artists didn’t spend time concocting some creative way to convince others of the value of their work, even if the reason was simply so they could buy more paint and perhaps eat on occasion?

There’s so much myth debunking to do!!

… debunking the myths that cause parents guilt; debunking what the left brain systems have taught the right-brainers about themselves, … but for now, staying with the art theme…

“Janet, you can’t use white.. that’s not acceptable in any form of watercolour or painting,” said the Art Store owner.  I bought it anyway and sulked out, probably mumbling, ‘then why do they sell it?”  I  always use white because I love it, but still I was surprisingly relieved when David Langevin, an expert in the techniques of the old Masters,  announced in a workshop something along the lines of: “Yes, you can use black. Yes, you can use white. Don’t believe anything people tell you about painting.” (Oh! Want to be inspired? Watch the video on David’s home page!)

What stops you?  And within that, is there some myth or teaching that you just don’t need anymore? Usually just discovering the “what stops you” is enough to make that limiting belief just fade away.


About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Creativity Coach (KMCC), Curator/owner of Writerly Kits, workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Been through breast cancer and found her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization assisted healing through and after treatments. Ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

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