Ask yourself - What would you do if you knew could not fail?
ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE A RISK? -Taking risks is scary!
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
We tell ourselves playing it safe is just the sensible thing to do! Because taking a risk basically means doing something you haven’t done before, and doing something you may feel scared of.
What we actually fear is failing—so we conjure excuses in our heads in order to talk ourselves out of doing it.
But let’s be real, risks, especially when it comes to our livelihood, are scary as hell.
As artists we fear nobody will buy our art. We fear we will not make it as an artist. We fear our gallery show will be a disaster, that our art submissions will continue to go unnoticed. These fears can pile up until we become paralyzed. This leads to the ultimate failure, giving up.
I confess to not challenging myself, for a long time I kind of played it safe. I went about creating the same looking work as dozens of other artists. I was sticking with what I knew, fearing nobody would like it if I tried something different.
But, as an artist I didn’t want to just paint, (not that there is anything wrong with just painting.) I wanted to do something different, to be innovative, edgy and modern.
So I set out experimenting with abstract, using inks and other mediums. Then I came across resin and loved the textures and depth the finished product produced.
So I took some classes and then I took some risk!
I took the potential and ran with it, because… well, why not? What is the worst that can happen?
Well as it turns out, risks have become the biggest asset to my sanity, my personal life and my creative passions.
I invested in products and studio space and then my journey of exploration commenced.
I continually striving to think outside the box, to push the envelope and experiment.
Of course I experience failure, its a necessary step on the road to advancement!
I have a corner in my studio called disaster zone. This is where my failures go to rest whilst I decide whether they are worth another look, or another layer, or if they are heading to the dumpster with their brethren.
Every successful artist has embraced failure. Failure is how you learn and get better, so you can accomplish the things you once couldn’t.
Failure costs money too, so I am cognisant of the fact that I need to have some success to pay for my exploration and to cover my business costs. This can induce stress if I focus too long on this factor. So I choose to remain present and calm in the knowledge that I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing what I truly love to do.
My deepest desire is that I get to share my art and enjoy the process of sending it on its way to give pleasure to another.
She thought she could so she did!
Give what you have to someone else, it may be better than you dare to think. ~Henry W. Longfellow