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The Artist Manifesto: Will You Create?

Here’s something I’d like to share with you:


This inspiring piece of art was done by the talented Mandy Thompson. I’ve linked this image to Jeff Goin’s blog – check it out!

This manifesto speaks to me on so many levels. Starting up this blog has helped to jump-start my writing. Thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say. While my writing’s been progressing, my other passion, painting, has been woefully neglected. As I write this, I have blank canvases, empty sketch pads and all kinds of cool artsy stuff (acrylic, watercolour, oil paints, charcoal sticks etc) packed away in boxes. What’s stopping me? The usual suspects – fear of failure, procrastination, perfectionism. The irony of not starting a basic draft because I don’t want to get anything ‘wrong’ is that I get nothing done – I’m not any closer to that masterpiece! So if you’ve got something you’ve been wanting to write, sketch, or paint, take that leap, and see how it grows. Be at peace with imperfection. That’s where the beauty is.

My goal for tonight: break out my pencils and get a basic sketch done on my canvas. Baby steps!

4 thoughts on “The Artist Manifesto: Will You Create?”

  1. Love this! Very inspiring and motivating. I’m a terrible procrastinator, too! However, it all comes in baby steps like you said. I’ve finally been able to write some of my story – about 30 minutes every day. I’m letting go and just writing. No matter how bad the draft is, I have the comfort of revision 🙂

  2. Sorry for the late reply. I like the new look. It’s bright and simple. I’m thinking of changing my blog design, but I’m kind of stuck on the grunge theme for now. Noora says I never like to change anything 🙂 LOL!

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