You're an artist. I promise.

Sometimes, I believe that artists are gloried. Like every single act is an inspiration from god. Every single moment is an expressive creative release. Sometimes, art is just work. We often get past the “creative/whimsical/exciting” phase and it’s a dedication of will, just like so many of us put into our jobs every day.

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I have always been a believer that there is no such thing as a “natural artist”. No artist I have ever known has come out of the womb knowing how to draw, paint, sculpt or craft. Every single one of them has spent an enormous amount of time, study and dedication to persevere through the trials and complications of creating. Every one of them has made “bad” art for a long time before they started making something that resembled mastery.

This video by Ira Glass is an incredible description about the process I’m describing above. It’s humbling, informational and helps to dissect the process for all of who are learning a craft.

This is why I enjoy teaching (I teach at a local high school). I start this conversation at the beginning of the year. I tell students, “you don’t have to be a good artist. There are rules, skills and logical explanations for every choice an artist makes. You just have to be good at trying and failing”. It’s important to know, because I think there are many people out there who would love to take up an artistic skill, but tell themselves that they are unable because they weren’t born with this natural “gift”.  

Do you have a skill that you’ve always strived to achieve? Do it. We’ve only got so much time on this green earth and we can’t waste it because of fear. If you’d ever like to talk about your struggles creating, please feel free to leave a comment or email us at indigoartmarket@gmail.com. We’d love to talk creation with you!