We all have an inner critic.
That voice inside our head that tells us we can't do it, that we're not good enough. For some of us, that voice is louder than others and can be really tough to ignore. It's easy to get stuck in the shadow world of “what ifs” and regrets. But it doesn't have to be that way. Today, let's accept our inner critic and begin to nurture our artist child.
What is a Shadow Artist?
A shadow artist is someone who gravitates towards their rightful talent but cannot claim their birthright. Very often, audacity, not talent, makes one person an artist and another a shadow artist—hiding in the shadows, afraid to step out and expose their work to the world.
Why We Have Shadow Artists
Often times, it's because we are afraid of failing. We are afraid of what other people will think or say about our work. We tell ourselves that we're not good enough, that we don't have what it takes. So instead of putting ourselves out there and taking a risk, we stay in our comfort zone where it's safe. But what we don't realize is that by staying in our comfort zone, we are also staying in our shadow selves.
How to Become an Artist
The first step is acknowledging your inner critic and giving yourself permission to fail. It's okay to make mistakes! In fact, making mistakes is how we learn and grow as artists. Second, begin to nurture your artist child by doing things that make you happy and inspire you creatively. This could be anything from painting to writing to cooking to gardening—anything that brings you joy and allows you express yourself creatively. Third, take baby steps! Start small and build up gradually as you gain confidence in your abilities. And finally, share your work with the world! The more you expose yourself to criticism, the more resilient you will become. Remember, there is no failure—only feedback.
So take a chance on yourself today!
Embrace your inner critic and give yourself permission to be an artist. Nurture your artist child by doing things that make you happy and inspire you creatively. Share your work with the world—the more you expose yourself to criticism, the more resilient you will become. There is no failure—only feedback! And remember, the only way to grow as an artist is by taking risks and putting yourself out there!