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Blog Along with Effy - Day 1

Art & The Inner Voices

I love a good challenge, and in the midst of The 100 Day Project I decided to jump into the Blog Along for the month of April. My to do list all year has had "blog post": on it, and has not been checked off as often as I would like. So, here we go!


This is the video I shared yesterday on Instagram, and wanted to explain a bit more. I have been playing with raw (unprimed) canvas and I am loving the way it absorbs and repels certain mediums. I started these with black acrylic ink, let them dry and began adding more inks and paints. This is two of about 10! And I think I am already dreaming of much larger pieces.


I am trying to push away all the "But, what about..." thoughts happening right now, like "what will you do with them? how can you attached then to a panel? who the heck would buy these?" etc... I think that as creative people, we also have very imaginative and creative inner critics as well. Mine loves to question all my decisions. It is something that I have really begun focusing on during the pandemic and sharing my finished work, process, and even videos of myself are all helping me work through it. I honestly did not realize that many people deal with this until I read "Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk" by Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator)!! I just though I was a rubbish artist. Listening to Danielle's podcast helped so much.


I would love to hear about the ways your inner critic shows up for you, and any tips you have for quieting them down!!

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Samm Starrs
Samm Starrs
2021年4月01日

Ahhh the Inner Critic and I are old friends ;) We have a pretty volatile relationship though cause the older I get the less I put up with it's nastiness. It's great you recognise it's voice in your head, all the better to defeat it my dear :D

いいね!

Amy Bright
Amy Bright
2021年4月01日

The video is delightfully soothing. I'm glad you ignored the critic and brought us joy!

いいね!

Forgotten Muse
2021年4月01日

My inner critic and I do not get along. It's constantly butting in where it doesn't belong.

I haven't found a solid way through it yet. Some times I fight through and do it anyway, other times I cave in and give up. Overcoming it is a work in progress.

いいね!

Effy Wild
Effy Wild
2021年4月01日

My inner critic is a lot quieter than it used to be after ten years of creative practice. When it does show up, I just tell it "We're just playing here..." and that seems to get it to settle down. I love your work on unprimed canvas! That's gorgeous!

いいね!
Rosemary D'Elia
2021年4月01日
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Thank you Effy! Also, glad to hear you talk to yours as well!

いいね!

Donna
Donna
2021年4月01日

My inner critic is horrid, she has had 50 years telling me I'm rubbish, so now she is pretty unhappy with my new found rebellious nature. My husband and Kids are always telling me I'm better than I think I am. They are my biggest champions and its so good to have your tribe behind you!

いいね!
Rosemary D'Elia
2021年4月01日
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I am still finding my art tribe, and am really focusing on making all the choices just for me right now. I am beginning to notice (also in my fifties) that my gut feeling is actually correct, I love what I love, no one else really cares (the art police aren’t watching, and the art critic may have my mother’s voice lol!!! Learning every day!

いいね!
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