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Overcoming the Overwhelm : A Guide for Aspiring Artists

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of a daily art practice?

You're not alone.

Many of us face the very same overwhelm, seemingly just a week after starting on a new creative adventure.

Let's address some common hurdles and how to overcome them together.

1. Perceived Difficulty

Drawing/sketching/painting can seem daunting, especially as we learn a new skillset and push past our known boundaries. However, remember that every good piece started somewhere. Start with simple exercises and gradually gain confidence. Allow yourself lots of time to make BAD ART. Bad art is training our hand/eye muscle coordination. It is not in vain. It is all part of the process of discovery into your presonal style.

"Allow yourself lots of time to make BAD ART"

2. Time Commitment

One of the biggest concerns is finding the time to dedicate to daily practice. While it may seem challenging, even setting aside a few minutes each day can make a difference. Treat your drawing sessions as a valuable investment in yourself and your craft. In a year you will not believe the imporvement in your skills and your personal style!

3. Fear of Judgment

The fear of being judged or criticized for your artistic abilities is natural but remember that art is subjective. Focus on your personal growth and expression rather than seeking validation from others. Embrace constructive feedback as an opportunity to learn and improve.

4. Technical Challenges

If you're new to digital tools or struggling to understand course materials, don't get discouraged. Take it one step at a time and don't be afraid to ask for help. I am always available to help where I can and you have instant access to me in the Daily Drawing Challenge: The Beehive Chronicles through our online community! Ask ALL those questions!!!

5. Comparison

THIS. STOP. NOW. This will kill your creative flame quicker than anything else!

YOU are AMAZING and NO ONE can do WHAT YOU DO - HOW you do it - WHEN you do it and WHERE you do it.

Comaprison shoots us down a jealousy trap that ensnares us.

When I feel the trappings of comaprison or jealousy - I offer a little prayer for that artist and pray that they will know untold success through the work of their hands.

For me it stops comparison and jealousy in its tracks - because I shifted from my self absorbed thinking to blessing others.

Avoid comparing your progress to others. Each artist has their own unique style and pace of improvement. Instead, celebrate your achievements and focus on your individual growth. Remember, comparison can often hinder rather than motivate.

6. Artistic Block

Creative blocks are a common obstacle for artists of all levels. When you feel stuck, try experimenting with different techniques or take a break to recharge. Inspiration can strike when you least expect it, so stay open to new ideas. I find that if I just lay down colors on a white page it starts that creative pump pumping. When I am blocked - I am creating for pure enjoyment. Not for a client, or for a deadline - just to feel the synergy of creativity in my body as it finds expression in the world.

7. Limited Feedback

Seek out constructive criticism from peers or mentors to supplement your learning. Join online communities or local art groups where you can share your work and receive valuable feedback. Remember, feedback is essential for growth, so don't be afraid to ask for it. I am blessed to still be part of our Immersion Study Group - a year after the course ended! The other 4 ladies are an integral part of my artistic growth, as we encourage one another and offer insights into each others work.

Artistic friends are the bomb diggety!

8. Imposter Syndrome

Feeling like you don't belong or aren't skilled enough is a common experience known as imposter syndrome. Remember that your journey is valid, and you deserve to pursue your passion for art. Celebrate your progress and trust in your abilities. Hush that inner critic and know that you deserve a seat at the table - JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE THERE!

That longing for more entitles you to be there rubbing elbows with everyone else that is simply trying to become a better artist!

9. Lack of Motivation

Staying motivated can be challenging, especially when progress feels slow. Set achievable goals for yourself and find inspiration in the process rather than the outcome. Remind yourself why you started and celebrate the small victories along the way. The BeeHive Chronicles give you daily inspiration delivered each week - so you don't have to think about, "What do I draw next???"

In conclusion, embarking on becoming a better artist is a journey filled with growth, self-discovery, and creativity. While it may come with its challenges, remember that every obstacle is an opportunity to learn and improve.

Stay patient, stay persistent, and most importantly, enjoy the process.

You've got this!

Are you ready to take on a daily challenge? Find out more about THE BEEHIVE CHRONICLES!

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