On the tables in my studio or already in the mail…
His eyes crinkle as a twinkle begins to glow, and he excitedly asks… “What’s new in the studio?!?” The question. They way he asked. My heart swells with joy. I love getting asked this or something similar to this question. Nothing like boosting this artist up 10,000 feet! Being surrounded by support is needed. Craved. It keeps us going… especially when we start feeling discouraged in our art journey.
You can do anything as long as you have
the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.
Friends and family of creative people:
We need your support! (Yes, whether we ask for it or not.) So, maybe you’re unsure how to show support… Maybe you’re a new friend, or maybe art hasn’t ever been very important to you. But you want to support us. Ask us how! We will tell you.
You seriously do not have to love everything we do. We don’t even like everything we do! If you don’t love it, tell us why. And please tell us what speaks to you from the pieces you do love. Note: We know when you’re bluffing. We see it in your eyes…
Some ways you can bring encouragement:
Ask us. What inspired you this week?
Listen to us. Listen to what we have been working on. Later ask about the piece.
Actions: We might post our work on social media. Like it! Comment or share it. (Really, each like or comment gets us excited!)
Ask us. Have you taken time this week to create just for the pure joy of it? If not, encourage us to block off a couple hours for our personal enrichment. Sometimes we forget to create for ourselves.
Notice: Hey, its been awhile since I saw an update on such and such a piece. How’s it going? Sometimes we never finish a piece because we got too excited to start the next one. We will appreciate you noticing. (And you might be the reason we go back to working on that piece.)
Actions Speak. Example: Your creative person loves drawing nature. They have little collections of their findings throughout their home/studio. Next time you find something strangely perfect/imperfect… be it a leaf, a feather, a flower, a bud, a dead bug… pick it up. Gift it to them! They will find extreme interest in it, AND in you for thinking of them! (Who knows… you might receive a creation of the object as a thank you.)
Express. Tell us what you like about our creation. (You’ll make our day!)
Express. Tell us what you don’t like about our creation. But please speak kindly. (Okay, so criticism isn’t always welcomed by every artist. I am still learning to accept it. But how I do like to receive it… sandwiched between uplifting feedback. ) Your comments help us grow to become a better artist.
Actions: Go with (or take) us somewhere that brings us inspiration. Explore with us. Make memories with us. (We create from what touches our hearts.)
Notice and Ask. You haven’t seen some art from us in awhile. Ask if we have some secret projects underway.
This article… 10 Things to keep in Mind when Loving a Highly Creative Person … so true!
Are you surrounded with enough support? Do you ever desire more? How do you like others to show their support for your life as an artist? Anything you would add to the above list of encouragement?
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
—Robert H. Schuller
To my friends and family:
Thank you for your support of my career as an artist/designer! Your actions, questions, listening ears continually encourage me. Each one of your ways of supporting me… Such a blessing!