My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

Putting yourself out there

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I started this blog anonymously to feel free and uninhibited. Now I’m ready to share who I am. In the beginning, I told only 3 people and worried what they’d think. My biggest fear was criticism. I think growing up as the “teased” little sister fostered this fear in me. And it has prevented me from pursuing art. Those nagging thoughts – What if I’m not any good? What if someone makes fun of me?

The book, “An Enemy Called Average,” by John Mason really resonated with me. Mason says – if you are going to put yourself out there, expect criticism. I found that very freeing. In the 9 months since I started my creative resolution, I’ve shared the good, the bad, and the ugly. There were times I wondered, “Should I really share this? It’s terrible.” And I shared it, because I want to be honest about my process of learning and striving to be better. I’m not trying to be someone I’m not. I’m just being me. 🙂

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

2 thoughts on “Putting yourself out there

  1. Fear of what other people think. Isn’t it awful how we can let that dampen our spirits and prevent us from doing the things that make us happy, whether they are good or not? We are all at different levels of development, in art or other things, and we are exactly where we need to be. My freeing statement was “You are only the messenger.” This was in reference to giving psychic readings, but I think it can apply to art as well. Let’s stop hiding behind our fear.

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment! It is awful that we let fear hold us back! I’m finally at a point where I’m not letting it hold me back or at least ignoring it when it rears its ugly head. I read recently that people often won’t go for a goal or dream because they are afraid they will fail – before they even start! Best to you!

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