I discovered two quotes that are currently nurturing, protecting and guiding my vulnerability as an artist.
The first one is by Jon Acuff: "Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle."
The second one is from Brene Brown's book The Gifts of Imperfection: "Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared.
And, without comparison, concepts like ahead or behind or best or worst lose their meaning."
For years I secretly wished I went to art school. As a child there was zero encouragement from my family and at worst, I was shamed/ridiculed by school friends regarding my talent. My art did not blossom until I was nearly 30 years old, when I had the courage to sign up for a watercolor class at a community college. I'm here to say, it is never too late. Please don't compare your precious journey to anyone else's. I make it a practice to speak kindly to that inner child that wants to make art, that wants to be joyful, that wants to play with color.
Today, I believe more than ever that my art is both a celebration and validation that I am enough. My craft is enough. When I see beauty and want to capture it in my own special way, it is honoring who I am.
Art is good self-care.