You know that you’re here to make art. That’s not the problem.
The problem is finding the time, energy and motivation to consistently make it.
The problem is getting yourself to the studio and then, when you do finally get there, how to keep the procrastination bunnies at bay long enough to choose from the myriad ideas that have been percolating and move forward with one.
But then even when you do choose, there’s often the barrage of gremlins, self-doubt and general mental chatter just dying to pounce and stop you in your tracks. Those voices that feel so debilitating that at times, giving up seems like a better option; except that you know all too well what happens when you’re not making art. And that’s not pretty either.
You just want to make the work that you’re here to make.
- You’ve studied your craft and it’s clear that you’re an artist.
- You make regular promises to yourself that you’ll do at least something creative every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
- You’ve read your share of self-help books.
- You’ve perused, if not gone through the Artist’s Way more than once.
- You’ve changed studio situations more times that you can count and have even spent your fair share of time cursing the bloody art school that forgot to tell you how to make all of this work.
So what’s the deal?
Here’s the thing. It’s not for lack of talent, genius and desire that we don’t all give birth to the art that we’re here to make. You’ve got all that. What you don’t have is a good working model that brings a sense of normalcy to the abnormal world that we inherently inhabit.
Knowing how to make art objects and knowing how to create a practice that sustains us are two very different things.
Our creativity, just like children, needs midwives and guardians, mentors, guides and maps to help us develop into the artists that we’re meant to become. Not to mention the occasional cheerleader.
I’m Jessica: Artist, Guide + Psycho-cartographer.
And I’ve been helping other artists give voice (and visuals) to the sticking points in their own creative processes since 2006. I studied Transformative Arts – yes, you’re allowed to ask what that is, after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration.
I’m also a highly qualified inner-critic-knower. And faithfully encounter resistance almost every single time I start painting. But despite that I’ve been showing and selling work for the past 10 years, (and painting on a regular basis) and currently live in Prague, Czech Republic where I’m giving birth to my biggest creative vision to date.
I believe that we are all here to embody the most miraculous incarnation of our particular kind of creative genius…
…and give birth to the objects that prove it.
It’s possible to make art on a consistent basis and feel sane, supported and in the flow.
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From the moment I opened my mail, I couldn’t stop smiling as I held your artwork in front of me. (I hope that was an appropriate reaction). I actually kind of chuckled, too. Mostly because something – everything – about this drawing connects with me in some way. I feel like it really, totally relates to whatever the hell is going on with me at the moment. Even though our situations may differ, it’s the feelings and emotions that cut through our individual situations that are the connective forces. Thank you for being a part of my life in this way.
Artist, Healer, Educator