Encouragement for Aspiring Artists
Take the First Step
No one likes to look back at their life and feel regret. Regret can definitely come from our actions, but I think that the worst and most common type of regret comes from our lack of action. This regret can be crippling; we look back however many years ago and wonder where we would be if we had just taken the first step. You will always be able to find an excuse for why you shouldn't take that step, but if it is truly something you want to do then those excuses mean nothing. You can make a little extra time. You can find room in your budget. Stop thinking about it. Take action.
"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are."— Chauncey Depew
I all had a natural God-given talent for art. For as far back as I can remember art came easy to me and so I liked to do it. Unfortunately, it was not until much later that I learned to love it. I created art here and there throughout high school and even participated in some of my school's competitions. Then I stopped. College was very near. I was becoming a dad a lot sooner than I had ever expected and there just seemed like there was no time for childish things like art.
Gratefully that phase did not last forever. There came a point where I just longed to start creating beautiful things again. For a while the excuses held me back. I told myself that I could not afford to spend time on art when I should be working and studying. The longing, however, grew stronger and had to quench the thirst. I made an acrylic pour painting and that just opened the flood gates. I knew I had to keep doing this.
I quickly found out that I actually did have time to make art. To my surprise I even had enough money to buy art supplies! The pretty obvious answer to my made up problem was that I was just spending time and money on things that weren't as important to me as painting was. As soon as I cut those things out it seemed making art was not all that hard.
Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.— H. L. Hunt
This whole situation simply boils down to deciding what you want your priorities to be. It is simple and it is up to you. There is always something you can exchange in order to be able to do what you love. You can give up an hour of sleep. You can give up eating out so often. Personally, I think the biggest thing I chose to give up was time with friends. No more going out the weekends 'surprisingly' lead to much more time where I could do whatever I wanted. After this, I also realized that I would much rather make art and spend my time with the people close to me rather than completely wasting time going out.
Who's with me?
Have you decided to drop the excuses and take a step?
I am sure that there are some people who are still reading this, but have not yet decided that they are going to take the first step. Yes, I am talking to you. You are still reading this because you want to. I know you do. You do not want to be a person who doesn't take action or one who lives with regret. The two often coincide. My only question now is, what do you have to lose?
I understand some people might also be scared of getting into art. There can sometimes be fear of people not liking what you create. Well, I say screw that. I believe in the saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder more than I believe in most other things. Your is unique and your art is special. Do not by any means allow anyone to convince you otherwise.
Once you start making your art then the next step is to show it to the world. This was another thing I was originally scared of and did not know how to do. For me, my way of showing off my art was to make an Instagram page dedicated to it. From there I have grown a fair following and I am now looking into getting my art into galleries. For you it may be a different approach, but it all just depends on what you are comfortable with.
Sharing my art with people is one of the most fulfilling things I do. I don't know exactly what it is about it, but I love finishing a painting so I can go and show it off to friends, family, and then make a post about it on my social media pages. I am sure most artists feel the same.
Anyways... enough chat. Your journey could start here. If I convince even one person to let go of doubt and fears and exchange them for a passion and pursuit of art then I would say that writing this was definitely worth it.
Feel free to contact me. I would love to hear your story!
- Diego Varela
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