Do you have an inner critic? I know I do! It’s that nagging voice that seems to have an opinion about something I’ve just done. Our inner critics can really do a number on our confidence, convincing us that we are not good enough. Luckily, we can silence that “Negative-Nellie” when we actively work on building our confidence.
Everyone has bouts of insecurity, and everyone can bolster their self-worth. One way you can foster self-assurance in all things is to build your confidence in one thing, for instance taking up a hobby like beginning watercolor.
It’s true! When we commit to learning a new skill, we begin to build evidence that we are good at something and can learn new things. Further, with a creative endeavor like watercolor, we are invoking our imagination and creativity, which again gives us faith in our abilities.
Part of a community
Another way to develop our confidence is through helping others. art Yourself Studio Inner Circle has a wonderful community of supportive people who are all working to elevate their Art. Through helping another person, we realize we are knowledgeable and capable of teaching another.
Of course, seeing a finished creation gives us a jolt of fresh confidence! The pride of knowing that you created a unique, beautiful watercolor reminds us all that we are capable of conceiving beautiful art.
Everyone is a beginner at some point
Think of how you feel when you try something for the first time – it’s scary! You don’t know if you’ll be any good at it or if people will judge your early efforts. I get it! Starting my teaching Art business was scary, but now I can’t imagine life any other way.
We all need to take that first step, to jump into something new, open to learning, and making mistakes. If you’re already using watercolors, I encourage you to push your skills and try new techniques or advanced classes and go beyond your comfort zone. With every victory comes a new level of confidence.
The good news is you’re never alone. There are teachers like me, along with our fantastic community to show you the ropes and teach you the fundamentals. We have beginner classes, and classes all designed to make you fall in love with watercolor, the way so many of us already have.
With every new creation, you’ll gain a new level of confidence that will remind you of your ability to learn new things and create beauty out of needles and wool.
Have I convinced you to give watercolor a try? The Art Yourself Studio offers the support and direction you need to get started. Plus you’ll be part of a community of creatives who generously share their tips and experiences. I’ll be there too to help you create enchanted watercolors for yourself and others. To Book a FREE mini lesson Click here and learn more!
We're in a season of hustle and bustle. In a time when we're living separate lives, limited face to face interactions, and often working from our pj's, we're starting to find that the projects that we've been procrastinating weren't because we were never home. Instead we're realizing it's because we don't carve out time in our day for them. You know what?! That's okay!
This isn't a season of comparison for any of us. A year ago we were just processing this pandemic and how life quickly felt out of control. We didn't realize it would be a constant state of uncertainty of what the next day, month, or year would bring.
I have found consistency in a few things and I hope you have too. For me it's been the love of my family and friends, the value of connections and relationships, the beauty of each season and it's weather, and my need for art. Being an artist and art teacher that may seem like a no-brainer, but I've found its not necessarily about the need to create it. Although that is one of my favorite pastimes and ways to unwind, but my need to consume it each and every day.
I'm not saying "a painting a day, keeps the ____ at bay", but that is a good one isn't it? ;)
We forget to give ourselves permission to see the art in each day. Whether its the beauty of looking out our window and seeing the trees, flowers, snow, sunset, or birds. Listening to music and appreciating the melody and lyrics, eating a delicious meal that makes your mouth water, or watching a movie and recognizing how the producers use light and color to create shows that make you feel something.
We often have art right in front of us, in all mediums, that goes unnoticed. Not because it isn't beautiful, but because we're just busy. So here's our reminder and permission. Give yourself permission to find art in your everyday. It may be where you least expect it. What did you see today?