How have you been? I hope you’ve been creating from your own fabulous self and not dwelling on what other folks are doing. One of the best ways to focus on your own life and experience is to create an Artist’s Journal for yourself – here’s a book
from one of my favorite artists about that very thing!
That’s None of Your Business…
I know you’ve heard some variation of the idea that what other people are doing is none of our business. Have you thought about how it applies directly to creativity in general and art journaling in particular?
As creatives – especially beginners – it’s soooo tempting to look at what other people are creating and start finding fault with our own work, their work or both. I believe that is such a sad use of creative energy to avoid. Here are a few things to watch for…
Be mindful of how you search for inspiration. Too often, looking at other work on the internet devolves into a dispiriting session of “I could never do that.” So, stop scrolling as much and look to more sustaining sources of inspiration like books, museums and, my favorite, nature.
Remember that your own creative journey is yours alone and can’t be compared to anyone else. You don’t know the background, skills or creative purpose of other artists so comparing your work to theirs is not helpful and likely to be disappointing. Your work as well as theirs deserves to stand on its own free from unflattering comparison.
Last, and perhaps most, keep in mind that no matter how polished the work you see, its creator started at the very beginning too. They worked through the rough times, learned and improved to reach that point. Take heart from their journey – just don’t make it your business!