"be kind to yourself."
It's a message for you, it's a message for me.
The "gremlins" got to me today. While creating today's warm-up, some seriously negative self-talk started. I realize the irony. These warm-ups are supposed to be a type of daily play... A 5x7 start to the day where I can try out new things, or play with old ideas without any pressure. Well, apparently just because I call it "play" doesn't mean it's free from the judgement of my nasty inner critic.
I have read quite a few blog posts recently of artists being very hard on themselves, or thinking they aren't good enough. And, as a result, I have found myself writing comments like, "Please be kind to yourself." So, while creating this piece today, I reminded myself of the advice I freely give to others.
I think it's very easy to fall victim to the beastly dialogue from an unforgiving voice in your head, especially when the work of so many amazing (seemingly perfect) artists are just a click away.
I'm still not sure how I feel about today's painting, but it was good to push past my doubts, face the nasties, and embrace my imperfections.
So, my friends, my message for you today:
Be kind to yourself!