Create For Yourself First

We all see, hear, taste, and feel life through our own filters. It is no different with art. Ask 5 people to critique the same painting and you may very well get 5 different responses. Ask those same 5 people what emotions that piece evokes for them and, again, you could get very different answers from each person. That doesn’t make any of those responses wrong or right. They are just different and they are valid for each person.

As an artist (whether you paint, sing, write, act, etc), use your creativity to give a voice to your heart and soul. Be excited about what it does for you! Don’t worry so much about what others think of your work. They will see what they see. Try not to worry about “not being good enough”. There will always be someone more skilled than you and someone with less skill. Continue to create from the heart and enjoy what you do. Remember that all of the great masters had critics and they just kept learning and making more art, music, plays, and novels. They did what they did because they could not do otherwise.

Love what you create. Appreciate and be proud of it. And if your work brings out a smile, a tear, a or a sigh in someone else then . . . added bonus.

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. – Henry David Thoreau


12 thoughts on “Create For Yourself First”

  1. That is beautiful! It inspires me to keep writing! Do you do illustrations for children’s books? Love your 3D Santa Clause ornaments! You are very talented!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words about my work, Mary! Many years ago I did illustrate a few children’s books for a publisher called Pentland Press, Inc. Loved doing that but life circumstances prevented me from continuing it at the time. I am now working towards doing that again and excited about the possibilities! And, P.S. Keep writing! <3

  2. Wow! Awesome website with such wonderful creative emotionally open statements. Way to go! I’ll proudly add your website to our CPSA website on your Gallery page.

  3. Jan, great start! I decided to “art” for myself this year which is why I’m doing so many vegetables. Maybe they speak to me, don’t know, but they’re fun to do. Don’t know if they make anyone else smile, but I like them,

    I think your blog will be massively successful – you are a positive voice for the creative soul.

    1. Thank you, Karen. Your work makes me smile for sure especially the veggie pieces! It’s a perfect example of how a Creative can find complex beauty in the simple and mundane things in life. We miss so much because we don’t see the amazing inspiration right in front of us. Keep showing us that! 🙂

  4. Love your website and blog! Your work is lovely and I look forward to future children’s books and lovely pieces. Posters and fabrics with your whimsical designs would also be wonderful (think for the latter)!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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