I have fears. I think this is common among us humans. Perhaps that is why we crave the created beings with “super-powers” so universally. The sources I cite are our myths and legends as much as a nod to modern creators around the world.
These Super-Beings have flaws, just as I do. I so-identify with their weaker bits. One observation I made early in my reading, even at their weakest they do not quit. They command their fear and they overcome.
Art has a major villain is Fear. It is crippling.
- What if I fail?
- Beginnings I fear the most….
- What if no one likes what I make?
- “This is rubbish, therefore, I am rubbish.”
- That is that “mess” supposed to be?
Fear makes Artists “settle”, take fewer risks, make a cocoon and wrap up in it knowing, “I knew I couldn’t make it as an Artist.” So the tools and materials are put up in a cupboard where dust can collect and a comfortable forgetfulness settles.
I propose to laugh in my fears. Laughing at fear is a great way to begin an Art session.
Round One, the Sound of Laughing
- Stand up
- Breathe deeply
- Spread out your arms so you look like a “T”
- Rotate your arms in a close circle
- And, Laugh for 45 seconds.
Round Two, the Sound of Laughing some more
- Sit down
- Breathe deeply
- Stamp your feet
- And, Laugh for 45 seconds
Now after a minute and a half I am on my way to being my Art.
Being my Art? Right, I used to consider my Art as separate from me, Art is something I do. Art is me, my spirit, my mind and its eye, my joy, and my hope. I guard so my Art is not my fear.
Laugh at fear. My Art is my Super-Power.
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