I read this quote today in a fantastic interview on Curvy Yoga.com about Making Friends with Your Body, and it really hit home for me. In the article, Linda Sparrowe was talking about how we can come to our yoga practice with an adversarial relationship or a mindful relationship with our bodies. I have experienced both in my yoga practice. At times it has been an amazing healing tool, which helps me to connect deeply with myself, and at other times, it has been just another way to judge my body, as I compare my curvy physique with all the lean yogis in class with me.
As artists, I think we often flip back and forth in the same way. One day our art experience is blissful and the next, it is frustrating and disheartening, as we compare our work to more advanced artists and find ourselves lacking. I think I need to post this reminder over my kitchen table (which is where I do most of my art making) to remind myself that I come to my art as part of my self-expression, and self-judgement has no place there.
Do you struggle some days with this as well? Is there another quote you use to help remind you to focus on the positive? I would love for you to share your thoughts on how to continue to develop your art without becoming negative about where you are now.
Today's image for Texture Tuesday features Kim Klassen's beautiful new texture, Paper Love. Follow the link to see more inspiring images at Kim's site.
Have a beautiful day!