Art is work. It’s such a simple phrase yet often hard to remember. I easily get discouraged when the ideas aren’t flowing and I wonder how other artists produce consistently amazing work that is unique to them. Or when I try a new skill or idea and if it’s not perfect the first time, I’ll assume it’s not my calling and I need to try something else instead of continuing to work at it. Yet I need to remember that art is work. It takes practice, practice, and a lot more practice. A lot of the artists and creatives I admire have spent years working, practicing, and refining their skills and talent.
I’ve heard before that creativity is like a muscle that has to be worked. When left alone and not worked, you start to lose it. Creativity needs to be stretched and sometimes we have to keep working at it in order for us to see improvements or progress. We need to work at our art in order to develop.
So I’m going to invest in my creativity and remember that art is in fact, work. It may feel like a roller coaster at times, but it will be worth it. All good things take time. :)