No one likes labels. Especially those of us who are naturally introverts. Yet, we all are labeled. Everything we do, every position we ever hold. Every job we do has a title.
I don’t like defining myself as one single thing. If I had to choose one and only one it would be dad of course. But life isn’t that simple.
So from this moment on, I’m going to give you permission to label yourself one more thing: Artist.
There, are you happy? Someone you don’t know and is just another regular person gave you permission to call yourself an artist. I don’t care what you create either. You create something in some form of art so you my friend, are an artist.
Let Your Inner Artist Out
For me, art isn’t about the business. It’s not about making money. It is and always has been about creating what I want.
Do you dance? Do you make music? Are you someone who makes doodles? Or do you just draw pictures in your sketchbook? Even if you are a smartphone photographer you are creating.
We all all create everyday in some form.
That crazy selfie you posted to your Instagram was #instagood but also a creation. A piece of art.
Let it out.
For example, I draw as much as I possibly can. It’s a habit and habits are good for creativity. This is me drawing a small piece that needs to be finished still:
Whether or not I finish this piece is irrelevant. The fact is I had a creative idea and I let it out.
Think about your creative expression as a way to relieve pent up stress, anxiety, anger (I hope you don’t have much anger), happiness.
Whatever you’re keeping inside, let it out. You don’t need to share it either. Just let it out. As you do, realize you’re an artist. Then call yourself that.
Label yourself. It’s OK.
Some Creative Guidance
What good is a post telling you to call yourself an artist if I don’t give you any guidance.
Take this all for what it’s worth, but here’s a few things you can do to foster your creative side.
- Grab the sketchbook and sketch everything you see
- Draw your breakfast
- Go for a walk and take pictures of everything you see
- Write a poem on anything you want
- Put on the YouTube and dance to your favorite song
- Lastly, call yourself an artist. Go ahead. Do it
One of the best ways to build your inspiration is to go someplace new and sketch it. Doesn’t matter where it is. Never been to New York City? I suggest you go at least once. Find a pizza place, I have yet to go to one in New York I didn’t like.
Draw the slice. Get some pepperoni on it and draw the little bits of processed meat.
Go to a park or try the Highline on the Westside of Manhattan.
Not a city person, go for a hike in a state or federal park. Draw the trees or the path itself. I want you to think in terms of creativity. Create something new from something that is already there.
Drawing, sketching something you see is reinventing the old into new. The best part is you get to call yourself an artist once you do.
Now that I gave you permission to call yourself an artist, go ahead and do it. Say it out loud a few times. Feels good right? I want to add the so-called quality of your work, the level of skill you possess doesn’t matter.
Creating isn’t about “how good” your are or what others think. The business of creating is a very selfish, personal endeavor. But it’s OK. I’m giving you permission to be selfish in this pursuit. Be happy and create what you wish. You’re an artist. Follow the list above for some guidance or if you have your own idea, go right ahead.
The point is to label yourself an artist. The one rule is you must create. It’s that simple.
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