Thursday, December 9, 2010

Negative Beliefs About Art – Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursdays Copyright 2010 Valerie Jones

In the book, The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron states, “Much fear of our own creativity is the fear of the unknown.” I have tested this theory and find she is absolutely right! If I am fearful of a technique or medium, I have trouble starting new artwork.

The author lists some commonly held negative beliefs:

“I can’t be a successful, creative artist because:

1.   Everyone will hate me.

2.   I will hurt my friends and family.

3.   I will go crazy.

4.   I will abandon my friends and family.

5.   I can’t spell.

6.   I don’t have good enough ideas.

7.   It will upset my mother and/or father.

8.   I will have to be alone.

9.   I will do bad work and not know it and look like a fool.

10.   I will feel too angry.

11.   I will never have any real money.

12.   I will feel bad because I don’t deserve to be successful.

13.   I will have only one good piece of work in me.

14.   It’s too late. If I haven’t become a fully functioning artist yet, I never will.”

When we have these negative thoughts, they are just negative thoughts. There is rarely any truth to them.

Keep thinking about the negatives and you will become scared. You will start believing these negative thoughts and become too scared to create.

Julia also says, “Most blocked creatives carry unacknowledged either/or reasoning that stands between them and their work. ‘I can either be financially successful or an artist.’” She was writing this for me! I was taught through society that you can’t make a living as an artist.

Next time on Thoughtful Thursday, we will explore ways to turn these negative thoughts around.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jones Jack – Work In Progress

Jones Jack 1

Jones Jack – Work in Progress

Copyright 2010 Valerie Jones

My current work in progress is an antique pump jack.  Since we have the family name of Jones, my brother-in-law requested I draw this for him.  My husband and my brother-in-law do part- time work in the oil field, so this is fitting for them.

I am drawing this on Arches 140 lb watercolor board.  The pump jack is done with Prismacolor colored pencils and the background will be done with watercolor pencils.

Ann Kullberg’s Portrait Tool Kit became a valuable tool for this rusty old jack.  I used the portrait tool kit to get the values of the metal correct.  Some of the shadows in our skin are the same as rusty old metal!  Truly amazing!