Sometimes external forces drown out our own voices.
We experience this a lot when we're younger, through things like peer pressure or trying really hard to like the things that our parents want us to like, like baseball or Family Feud.
I think that when we're artists, we benefit so much from having a community of artists surrounding us. I love being able to ask my fellow artists questions and go check out what they're up to when I'm feeling uninspired.
But lately I think that I've let their voices drown out my own a little. I've caught myself choosing photos of particular paintings to post because I know it'll be popular. Or envying someone else's work and losing faith in my own.
Real art takes courage.
So this week, I'm pushing myself to get back to the basics! I've created a SLEW of work for my exhibition at Moon&Lola in Downtown Raleigh (this Friday, May 5 at 6pm), so I've got time to really dedicate to exercises. Change up the color palettes. Change the marks I'm making. Cut things up and rearrange them again. Throw paint balloons at scrap wood (check out my Instagram stories today for a look at this!). Get raw. Trust the process.
I'm looking back at my mood board on Pinterest and identifying the things that I care about, and did care about, before all of that noise drowned me out. I'm looking to Paramore, marbled donuts, tassels, tacos, Day of the Dead, and balloons.
Here's the playlist I'm listening to today to take myself back to my pop punk influences.