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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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