Your Job as an Artist is to Show Up
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
We have been talking this year about creative goals, and at different intervals, I’ve been checking in with you about mine. I’m happy to report that I’ve been pretty faithful to my goals, and I want to share how. In my experience, what really helps folks reach creative goals is to remember this: Your job as an artist is to show up. Nothing else.
I believe I originally learned about “just showing up” from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. The idea is that you can’t start or complete a project when you’re overcome by the pressure of perfectionism. Pressure leads to paralysis. Give yourself permission to let go of expectations – your only job is to show up and create something.
In my experience, the more you commit to just show up, the less you judge your work, and the more likely you are to produce more and enjoy the process and the product. This idea holds true for starting a new art journal page, writing a song, choreographing a dance, and for other creative goals as well. You want to go to more museums? Just show up and do it. You want to learn to draw? Do it. You want to incorporate writing into journal pages? Do it. Stop hesitating, questioning, hemming, doubting, and start doing. (Need some guidance to get started? You might like my e-course: Art Journaling 101.)
My Creative Goals
So what have I been just showing up to do? The big creative goal I’ve been focused on in 2017 is showing more of my art. I’ve entered 3 art shows this year, been accepted in two, and am waiting to hear about the third. I confess that I find shooting gallery- type photos, filling out entry forms, and paying gallery entry fees hateful, but I’m committed to showing my work, so I’m doing it. I’m glad, because I’m meeting more artists in my community and seeing some pretty amazing local art.
It’s funny how things come together too, because I’m also very happy to share that I was approached by HeART Journal magazine to do an interview for their May/June issue. I’m honored to be included amongst some wonderful artists in this issue: Micki Wilde, Jenny Zmuda, and DeeDee Catron.
In the interview, I share some tutorials as well as talking about how I started art journaling, personal symbolism, and concrete advice on getting the inner critic out of the way. Please check it out using the coupon code for a free issue. You can find the instructions here:
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Your Creative Goals
How are you just showing up? Give us a little update on your progress towards your creative goals in 2017. If you are looking help with your art journaling practice, check out my classes. You might also enjoy this post I shared on Instagram today with some questions for writing about your creative goals.
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Congrats, Amy! This is great! I had not heard of this magazine so am looking forward to looking at current and past issues. Had just saved the “show up” quote/ idea yesterday on Pinterest.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting and your kind words. YES, that quote empowers me so much, which is why I love sharing it. I hope you enjoy your copy of the magazine.
Congratulations on the art shows! It is so helpful to me to hear the stories of other women as they grow and learn and create.
When you address the inner critic and perfectionism I really feel seen. Looking forward to the magazine!
Oh I’m so glad to hear that I’m singing your song! It’s great to know when I’m hitting the mark, and thank you so much for your kind words.
All the best,
hi amy,i would love to read the pdf so i did try to get it by computer, i order, give the code, so system says okay, nothing to pay and than i have two choiches , continue to purchase or making a paypall-account, hope you can help, thanks, greetings
I’m so glad you’ll be accessing the magazine. Carla who publishes the magazine, noted that folks can seek her out for help at email@example.com. I hope you enjoy this lovely issue!
Delightful news on all fronts could not be arriving for a more generous and kind person. Looking forward to the interview!
Oh aren’t you just so kind? Thank you so much, I hope you gain much from the issue.
All the best,
I just downloaded the HeArt Journal and i’m really looking forward to reading it. The pictures all look so beautiful! Thank you, Amy 🙂
Anja – OH I’m thrilled to hear it! Lots of wonderful techniques in there that I hope you enjoy.