I am always doing what I can’t do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
~ Vincent van Gogh
Keep doing what you can’t
I’m sure you’ve heard of Vincent van Gogh. In his daily life, though, he struggled with self doubt and limiting beliefs about his abilities. He felt inadequate and struggled to gain recognition for his work during his lifetime. However, he continued to persevere and create – and now everyone knows who he is.
- This week’s artist is – Robert Kulicke – who I recently heard of because of his custom-made frames. Pretty amazing to see the wide variety of experiences and interests he had across his lifetime, and the beautiful work he created. Find more on wikipedia and artnet!
- Rosa Bonheur would have been 201 tomorrow!
- Make a mark. This is a great comparison of different mark-making-tools – their permanence and durability.
- Here’s how one artist paints ripples in water in acrylic.
- Commonplace books fascinate me, and I’ve always been a collector of quotes. Here’s a look inside someone’s commonplace book, of sorts.
- Of course, my quote collection is more of a series of piles than files.
- I think a lot of people could use this phrase.
- Are your art supplies tools or toys?
- The 2022 World Nature Photography Awards have been announced.
- This video shows the making of a 0.6mm screw for a watch. It’s so small! I love that the hardest part is trying to find the impossibly tiny thing after it detaches from the high-RPM lathe.
- This article about how American cars are getting too big for parking spaces surprises no one who’s… tried to park. Especially in the downtown area. (Here’s a similar article about vehicles in our garages.)
- In case you have speak in front of anyone, here are three tips.
- There are classes/workshops/projects available at the Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center, Let’s Letter Together, the Scrapbook Nook, Create Art and Tea, the 4 Corners Gem and Mineral Club, Seed Studio, and the Durango Arts Center. There are a lot more things happening that I don’t include – so if you’re ever looking for something to do, start at WhatsHappeningDurango.com.
- Water and pencils don’t go together, except when they do. It’s interesting to watch through youtube videos of young artists discovering new art supplies. “I didn’t know this magical thing existed!” The hope is normally to discover something I’ve never heard of – which rarely happens – but their naive enthusiasm can be inspiring to draw energy from. Here are a couple of those products that I recently heard mentioned in this way – water soluble graphite pencils and tinted versions of the same!
If van Gogh doubted himself, odds are good that we will do the same to ourselves. We may lose faith in our artistic potential, thinking that we are not talented enough or that our work will never measure up. We can start believing in our limitations and play it safe, avoiding taking creative risks.
These self-limiting beliefs can hold us back from reaching our full artistic potential. As an artist, it’s important to recognize that the narratives we tell ourselves can be more powerful than the ones we share with others. It’s crucial to challenge these beliefs, cultivate self-confidence, and embrace our creativity fully.
By trusting in our artistic abilities and staying true to our vision, we can break free from self-deception and create work that truly reflects who we are as artists. Remember that every artist has their own unique voice and perspective to share with the world. Embrace your creativity, take risks, and believe in yourself – the results may surprise you. After all, the world needs your art!
Matthew & the Art Supply House crew
P.S. – Our spring clean art supply drive begins in a couple of weeks. We’ll take in donations of art supplies and materials that you aren’t using and distribute them all to an organization or two who can really put them to great use. So while you’re looking through your supplies, keep that in mind. Note the things that you aren’t using and haven’t in some time.