Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Whine of the Week

I've been unmotivated and even more prone to procrastination lately. I've been complaining about it and moping around and procrastinating even more. But of course I know what I need to do.

I guess it always goes back to fear - fear of failure - fear of looking stupid. I always let my perfectionist tendencies get the best of me. I want things to be right, and if something can't be perfect, then I tend not to do it at all.

Blah blah blah...

So I'm hoping that maybe posting about it will help snap me out of it!


Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

You're not alone! I think we all go through this. Fear is my worst enemy and the biggest thief of my joy.
I don't have the answers but I do know that it helps just realizing that it's the fear that's getting in the way. Then I can remind myself to look past the fear and find the joy again. I know that it's not easy. For me it's a constant struggle.

Amanda said...

Yes, I think fear is a huge problem for so many of us. Sometimes it just takes me some time to get used to an idea, a possibility, before I can picture it really coming together for me. Patience can help. Then sometimes I have to sit down and be firm and deadly pragmatic with myself - how much do I really want this? What's the worst that could happen? What's the best? And it always helps me to remember a conversation I had with a really experienced artist, who confessed that he has shown works that weren't really ready to leave the studio. Despite this, his career and reputation hasn't been damaged. This reminds me that the whole thing is a process, and any single work or show is just a snapshot of the whole. Take care & good luck!

Irish KM said...

Fear attacks all artist, new and old. Our biggest limitation is ourselves. My only advice is try to concentrate on the art piece you are doing as fun, or a statement you wish to make. Then just jump in. you will find other people don't seem to see our mistakes. Have fun Irish K.

Irish KM said...

You sound like me. What is the worst that can happen? People won't like it. SO WHAT? People have disliked art since the day of the caveman drawings. A bad reaction is better than no reaction. Some people hate Picasso. Create art for your OWN pleasure. Make your STATEMENT! Let your dreams out girl. We only have one chance at life. To never to have tried would be true failure. I’m 57 and just now trying. All those wasted unhappy years. Don’t be me. Good Luck, Irish KM.

tlwest said...

YUP Me too ack