How to Be a More Courageous Artist (and Person)
I came across this amazing TED talk and just had to share it with you. I love it because it speaks to so many of the things that we love to talk about here: finding courage, recapturing creativity, and embracing our “weaknesses.”
So many of the anxious folks I see in my art therapy office suffer doubly because not only do they feel anxious, but they spend a huge amount of energy trying to hide it (which only makes them feel more anxious.) Does that sound familiar?
Here’s a story about a man who took an embarrassing and potentially career-ending “flaw” and used it to propel him on an epic creative journey.
I hope this talk and the images inspire you as much as they did me. Be sure to scroll down to the end for a juicy creativity challenge!
Creativity Challenge #3: Limit Yourself
I love this exploration of limits and how it can increase creativity. So in that spirit, creativity challenge #3 is to limit yourself.
Take one of Phil’s challenges: make an art piece that only costs 1 dollar, paint using light, draw with food, draw with scribbles, or any other challenge you would like to try.
Post it on the Creative Self-Care group on Facebook (click here to join) or on Instagram using hashtag: #creatvitychallenge#3.
The Beauty of Limitations
What I love about artistic challenges is that they really force me out of my usual patterns and comfort zones. I loved the karate chop technique, so I decided to give it a try.
I used a combination of chopping, bending, and dragging my hand. It was kind of like letting my hand dance across the page, which was so fun! I’d like to do it again, but to music.
Which of the techniques did you respond to the most? What would it be like to follow his lead and highlight one of your weaknesses? Tell us about it in the comments.