Sunday, June 26, 2011

Food for Thought - My Own Worst Critic

I woke up this morning logging into my blog and re-read what I wrote last night with my last posting.  The first thing that came to my mind was "I'm my own worst critic and boy was I hard on myself!"

I've been told that numerous times and it's an area I try to work at.......although I don't always succeed.   One reason I've taken to journaling is to help myself learn to experiment and play without fear of failing or meeting someone's high expectations (normally my own) with a formal piece of art or composition.  Illustrating or "cameos" do help in my learning to enjoy the journey but I do find at times me falling off track overly criticizing my practice or play pieces.  This happened last night.

Waking up with a fresh attitude, I decided to do some surfing about being one's own worst critic.  I read several forums where people shared their thoughts and experiences and then came across this site......

The Creative Instinct

One of the articles and free downloads is "Own Worst Critic" and I thought "wow.......that's perfect!"  A self-help reminder for those who, like me, fall victim to this in such a negative way it can hurt their desire to do what they love most.  I know from past experience that if I fall into this negative cycle, it can stop me in my tracks from wanting to do anything regarding my passion for drawing and painting.

If you get a chance, follow the links.  There are other articles of interest on his main site The Creative Instinct you might wish to read as well.  I saw a few I've bookmarked I want to check out.

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