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What are you Afraid of?
Oct 23, 2014
What are you Afraid of?
I'm not talking about spiders or snakes or spooky ghosts and goblins. I'm talking about your art and creativity, your inspiration and passion, your heart and your joy.
I talk to a lot of people every week, and I frequently hear them talk about their creativity (or lack thereof). And I've come to the conclusion that nearly everyone has anxiety about their art. Maybe not everyone, but still quite a lot of people.
The fear and anxiety can take many forms - it is sneaky that way. And once we have identified it, well it changes form again. I'm prepared to accept that it may always be that way. The trick is ignoring it and moving forward with your art, because I'm not sure it will every be completely gone. And waiting for it to be completely gone, means you are delaying making your art.
Of course, ignoring it is quite the trick to learn. But I do believe we are better able to ignore it if we are surrounded by others going through the same thing.
This is why I believe that groups and clubs and classes are so important. Mostly because they give us a support network of like-minded people. We can lean on each other, get advice from each other, learn from each other, and laugh with each other. An important part of being in a group is that we don't let our friends fall prey to the FEAR and ANXIETY. We squash that self-doubt as soon as someone utters a negative word. We encourage others to push through and keep working and keep going and reach farther than before. We recognize when FEAR and ANXIETY show up in others, much easier than we do in ourselves. Which is why we need each other.
For many people, being able to be around others helps them with their FEARS. Perhaps because we start to realize that everyone experiences those same doubts and questions, even those who we label as professionals. They have the same concerns as the rest of us. (Am I good enough? Will they like my art? Do I know what I am doing? What if I don't fit in? What if they don't like me?) We all have those same voices whispering in our ear. But together we can learn to ignore them.
Finding out you are not alone makes a huge difference in how you create. At Blue Twig Studio, we encourage you to play and experiment and HAVE FUN with it. If you are having fun, you are less likely to feel that FEAR and ANXIETY.
We have many open groups that meet regularly here at Blue Twig Studio and all of them are safe and welcoming groups. We happily accept everyone no matter their skill level. We were all beginners once, and recognize the value of having that support group to help you move forward. It is how you learn and grow.
Don't let your fear and anxiety win. Go ahead and play and have fun and make art. Use your creativity. Get messy. Make mistakes and start over again. You don't want to get to the end of your days and have a studio full of unused supplies. Where's the fun in that?
We have numerous groups to fit your needs and your schedule. Stop by and visit them, and decide if they are a good fit for you. Click on the links to find out more about them. Your tribe is waiting for you at Blue Twig Studio. We truly do want you to find your creative community, and we hope you can find it with us. (Remember we have some fun classes for you too because sometimes you want more instruction and guidance.)
1st Tues at 10am - Zentangle club $5
1st Tues at 6:30pm - Tuesday Tarts group
1st Thurs at 10am - Art Journal group $5
2nd Fri at 10am - Stitch club
2nd Sat at 9:30am - ATC swap group
3rd Wed at 6:30pm - Self expressions group
3rd Thur at 10am - Discovery group
4th Fri at 10am - Sketch group
4th Fri at 1pm - Book club
Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play
5039 N Academy Blvd - Colorado Springs, CO 80918