When I sit down to write, the strangest thing happens…
I become absolutely paralyzed with ideas.
Yeah, I know. It sounds crazy, but it’s true! It’s honestly like clockwork.
More often than not, when I sit down to write a blog post or an article, my brain is suddenly overtaken by a small army of ideas and angles to use when approaching the piece.
Don’t get me wrong - ideas are great, but too many ideas can be outright debilitating.
Truth be told, I thought writer’s block was supposed to be the opposite.
I thought a writer’s greatest challenge was coming up with ideas for content, but that’s just not the case for me. For me, the real challenge comes when faced with the blank page.
I don’t know which art you chose to pursue creating, but if you’re anything like me and have a hard time figuring out where to start - I’m here to share a few encouraging things with you:
From head, to heart, to hands, to you.
That’s my creative process. What’s yours?
With all the love,
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What if I told you that I write everyday. You probably wouldn’t believe me. You’d look at the date of my last blog post, and then the date of the one before that, and notice a trend that would only prove your point.
Inconsistency in sharing my art has always been something I’ve struggled with.
I am a blogger and a self-published author, and for the life of me I can’t pick up a book and guarantee that I’ll finish it. I can’t begin writing a blog post and know that I’ll complete it every single time. I can’t even drink a cup of coffee in the morning and expect to see the bottom of the mug before I'm ready to refill it! There always seems to be some small thing left unfinished, a few sentences left unwritten, a few pages left unread.
Now that I think about it, inconsistency in sharing my art is probably the one thing I’ve been consistent with...now ain’t that funny?!
My desire to hone my craft is real. The space in my heart to create beautiful things that encourage others is real. The love and encouragement I get from my family, friends and community is REAL!
But you know what else is real? The number of projects I’ve got on my list that haven’t been completed yet, and the negative self-talk that plays all day and doesn't skip a beat.
I know you’re probably waiting for the transition sentence that comes just before someone shares with you the secrets to overcoming this specific issue. Welp, if that’s the case you may want to stop reading now because I, sadly, don’t have the answer.
But what I DO have is something important that I’m recognizing about myself, a heart to be vulnerable and share my mess with you all, and a space in my heart that is open to receiving any/all advice for artists like me who want to overcome the fear of consistently showing my work.
Here are some of my rough thoughts on this, and I'd love to hear yours:
Well, that’s all folks!
With all the love,
Last weekend, Baltimore hosted roughly 400,000 or more people during a three day outdoor art exhibit event called Artscape. Attracting hundreds of eclectic artists, Artscape is the modern day artist's Mecca.
During the second day of the festival, I was able to venture out with a few friends to enjoy the sites and tastes Artscape had to offer. It was an extremely humid day, and the city of Baltimore took great measures to provide festival goers with plenty of water and cool air. There was even a city bus parked in the street strictly for providing guests with a place to sit down and cool off in the A/C. As hot as it was, we didn't let the temperature stop us from exploring everything Artscape had to offer.
Our first stop was a seat on this colorful ferris wheel. It gave us a fantastic view of the festival, and showed us just how HUGE the festival was - spanning along large sections of Charles St. and Mt. Royal Avenue. After my ride, I snagged a shot of my friends Olivia and Mike taking the ferris wheel for a spin!