Listening to: Depak Chopra
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I will tell you the secret to staying motivated to make art in any form. (that's another note in itself that I'm not qualified to write) I used to wonder why I wasn't inspired to make art. My sister would bug me about it all the time after I turned 20. Then I realized that I could make anything I wanted that I connected with and someone would connect with it.
I use to only be inspired making art for other people- as a gift. I gave me so much pleasure to give it away as a gift to those who I knew loved it. The problem with that is that I was not inspired when I wasn't around any one I wanted to give my art away to. People started commissioning me for portraits.
I still never drew when I didn't have a commission. And I didn't even when I made it for my first gallery opening it took me until my third piece to choose something I wanted to draw and not what was suggested by an artist friend. Something magical happened that has kept me motivated- knowing that I am free to make whatever I choose and that someone somewhere will connect to it. You don't know this until you do it, and it can be scary especially if you still get stuck in the fear that others wont like your work. That never goes away you just have to focus on it being fun and how much you like doing it.
The other thing that has kept me motivated was thinking about the people who have already invested in my work. It's only a fat chance that it wont be worth something if I don't make what is real and inspiring to me and don't believe in myself. And I do. And you should believe in yourself too because you are here to make a difference and have a purpose. Not to mention that the more popular an artist becomes the greater chance he/she has to do something GOOD for those who need it. I would hope they would give back.. An art auction can make a huge difference to those in need.