These last two months, I have participated for the first time in art challenges on Instagram. They were both organized by a wonderful artist that I discovered this year: Allison Lyon. (If you want to take a look at her art: click right here)
Now, although I have not been able to keep up with the actual dates for the prompts of this month’s challenge, and I’m still not all caught up with last month’s butterfly challenge, it’s been fun.
I’ve always had a bit of apprehension towards these Instagram challenges because I thought they would be too hard. I was also scared of actually being seen, as silly as it sounds. I already share my art online, so what’s the big deal ? Ha ha!
But Allison made me feel brave enough to try it, and I do not regret it. It’s helped me discover so many great artists and connect with them, which is the real beauty of social media! 🌈
I now feel confident enough to join new art challenges, but also to try new things on my own. As you might already know, I am quite passionate about drawing jackdaws (and rooks), but this week, I have decided to learn how to draw other types of birds.
Staying in your comfort zone is always quite tempting, isn’t it? It’s familiar, it’s cosy and it is so easy because you already know what’s there, and you don’t have to try too hard.
But the thing is that, to get better at doing certain things and to grow as a person & a creator, you often need to do things that are scary and/or uncomfortable. Like, learning to draw new birds or learning new techniques, so your art can become more this or that, depending on what you are aiming for.
Another danger of staying in your comfort zone for too long is that you might forget what it’s like to be a beginner.
This is a feeling that is too often overlooked in my opinion… It is a precious one that we all should be hanging on to or maybe even be chasing after because it keeps our feet on the ground.
There is nothing like that feeling of not knowing what’s going on, how to put one foot in front of the other; the feeling of being a blank canvas and having all this new space to explore.
Life is a never-ending cycle of being clueless, earning knowledge through trial & error, becoming confident and then facing something new; clueless… So, essentially facing challenges, failing at them and overcoming them is how we collect knowledge and better our skills, ourselves.
Finding a speciality, a “niche”, is great ! But that shouldn’t be the end of your explorations, your adventures, your growth.
I understand how that can be appealing and also more than enough for some people. But me, I would much rather be a river or a wild ocean rather than a beautiful garden pond.
I want my head to hit the rocks. I want to struggle against the current. I want to be out of my depth and almost drown. I want to forget how to breathe, learn to swim and then keep riding the waves until I can fly ; keep pushing, keep pushing…
After all, life is only what you make it out to be.
I want mine to feel like a never-ending adventure. Through the small
big details, like holding Billy’s hand when we walk, to the slightly bigger ones, like learning to draw new birds or finding out how strong my voice can become.
I want it all. The fear will always stick with me, so I will use it as fuel instead of letting it consume me. And I am no longer listening to anybody telling me that I won’t make it or that I am too ambitious, not even myself.
I don’t want my life to look like a tidy painting; I want it to be an insane collage of things that don’t “belong” together, and I want it to be messy, to bleed out of the canvas and onto the floor; I want it to be loud and quiet, wild and full of love.
So I will keep accepting and overcoming the challenges that come my way and also create new ones for myself every day in order to become the best version of myself and make the most out of the short time that I have on this Earth.