The New Year is just days away and I have been thinking about something I read. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a book called “Big Magic” and it is about how to live a creative life with out fear. One of the many things she talks about is creating a contract with art. I found this so inspiring and I have been thinking a lot about what my contract with my art would be. The other thing that has been on my mind a lot is what word I will choose to focus on for 2016. I don’t like new years resolutions because by February they have all gone out the window, so this year I have chosen a word.
I am sure you are thinking what do these two thing have in common. My word for 2016 is courage. Courage is “the ability to do something that frightens one” There are so many things about art that scares me…that I won’t be good enough, that people will laugh at me, that I won’t be able to grow any further then I already have. I know these are silly ridiculous fears and I have decided to not let fear be in charge of my creativity this year. I will acknowledge it but then move past it. I am going to make a yearly contract with my art because because we are always growing that I feel it will need to change slightly year to year.
Here is my Contract with Creativity:
- I will create with joy…even when it is hard.
- I will not request that my art support me financially, but will be full of gratitude if someone wishes to purchase my art.
- I will not beat my self up when things do not go as planned.
- I will keep learning and trying new things.
- I will not let fear keep me from trying new things.
- During 2016 I will paint or draw a face every day.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Do you have a word for 2016? How do you plan on honoring your creativity in the New Year?
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