I have been actively promoting my art for three years. I have learned so much from just jumping in and doing it. Let me say up front, I know I have a limited talent and anyone can do what I do. It’s no big deal.
But it is to my little spirit.
I have learned to draw with pixels, ink and oils; to create a website, and newsletter. I have communicated with other artists in India, West Africa, Poland, and even as far away as Tibet via my blogging. I have learned to make a video tutorial and have over 200 subscribers to my YouTube channel.
I have learned to listen to children and appreciate the value in their honest remarks.
I am not bragging. There is voice in my head telling me that “no one wants to read this crap”, and “you must think a whole lot of yourself to post this”. Like I said anyone can do what I do. What I want you to understand is simply this – I stopped living in fear. Fear of what people will think of me, that no one will like what I have created, or worse, they will tell me to my face how much it stinks. Oh, yes, there are folks out there that say hurtful things. And you know what….you get over it once you accept the idea of being a creator.
We are all created by God, in His likeness. He created not just flesh and bone – He created our Spirit. He even created some “stinkers”! But through our Spirits, we are almost obligated by our creation itself, to continue to create. To do less would not be in accordance with the Creator, as we are made in this likeness.
I don’t mean just art.
I mean whatever it is that you create that gives joy to someone else and to yourself. If you know how to create the best darn barbecue ribs (or quilt, or rug, or car repair!), this is the fullfillment of that which we received from the Almighty. Not everyone is going to like those ribs, but someone is going to gnaw on those bones and have a joyful experience. It is with this in mind that I create and offer it up to you each month in my newsletter, or on my Facebook page. Did I know this three years ago? Absolutely not. My poor little ego took a huge bashing week after week at the market. Sometimes the comments, the stares, and the lack of comment, took my breath away. Everything was visible, and nowhere to hide. But, I pushed forward. I walked by faith with the Creator Spirit, and not by sight.
Have you run off screaming yet? I felt it was important to share this with you, and to anyone else caught up in the fear and shame of showing your creations. Sometimes the bold approach is scary, but it’s the best. Stop overthinking your intentions. Just do it!