I have an art festival coming up in a week (!!!) and my list of things to get done is still mountainous! Having been in a full time job for a little while now, I rarely have free time after work to create new pieces and work on planning my booth. I’ve made time here and there but the time I have after work is definitely less with this new schedule. I’m so thankful for this though, since it provides the funds necessary to make my booth what I need it to be and to get all of the supplies I need to create new art!
Having said all of this, I have been entirely too hard on myself. I chastise myself when I don’t think I have enough to work to show. I criticize my style, thinking I need to change and bend to the whims of what people want in their art. I need to learn to accept that I am in whatever I create, and that if people don’t like my style or what I convey, then they can buy someone else’s art. My art is by no means controversial or shocking in any way, but comparing my art to other art out there is like comparing my body to someone else’s. It’s not going to be the same, not everyone is going to like it, and I need to accept that and love it. And I do. It’s still hard, but I’m working on it everyday like I work on loving myself. I need to take time for self care and not feel guilty about not becoming the prolific artist I think I “should” be.
I have two days off coming up to work on painting and prepping. I may sneak some Netflix in there to clear my head or go for a good hike, and that’s okay. Artists, stop beating yourself up, whether it’s about how much art you pump out or the style of art, or even if you think you need to do art everyday. If it works for you, great. If not, just let it go. It’ll be easier to create! 🙂