Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Carnival Girls

Hello lovely people!
Here she is, 'Dancing Delilah',  the painting I gave you a teeny little peak of on my last post. I had been holding onto this idea for a couple of years now, and I finally thought, enough!  I've always loved the gaudy glamour of carnivals since I was a child, and wanted to create these dolls/puppets, on a faded and shabby background.

Why did I wait so long you ask? well, I was plagued with the usual doubts of 'I'm not good enough yet'. You know, that negative voice in your head that is forever trying to hold you down.  That tells you to wait until you are a better painter/ artist/ writer, etc... Do you know what happens when you listen to that annoying voice, and don't create the thing you desire to create? Someone else beats you to it. That's right, and then you think to yourself  " I can't do it now, everyone will think I copied from so and so'.

This is not the case with these carnival girl paintings, but it has happened to me in the past when I've been holding onto an idea until I felt ready, and then one day noticed another artist doing the same thing. It can be very frustrating, and you feel deflated. 
I guess what I want to say is don't wait until you feel good enough. Just get your creativity out into the world, who cares if it is not perfect! Who said our art needs to be perfect anyway? I know I will never be fetching millions of dollars for my work, I simply do this because it is in my soul, and I can't imagine not creating. I do it because it is fun, and fulfilling. If others like my work, that is a bonus.

Creating should make you feel joyful and alive, not scared of making mistakes.  Put love into everything you do.  The world needs you to be who you were meant to be. No one else can do this.
Each one of us is a One-of a-Kind creation, so lets stop beating ourselves up over our perceived flaws, and celebrate them!

Thanks for reading

19 comments:

Judy said...

well said!

NatashaMay said...

Delilah is awesome and it's true what you said. We wait and we wait and then someone beats you to it. But it's never too late, though.:)

Nicola said...

What a great post!! I think you are totally right!! Delilah is perfect! I love the quirkyness of this piece! Her skirt is gorgeous and her eyes are brilliant, fantastic work!

Marlene said...

Wonderful post Pink, and a good reminder to "just do it". I love this one, she is quite special.

kj said...

delilah is classy and so ready!

good for you, pink! fear doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't do what you do. it just means your knees will probably knock together for a while.

there are so many wonderful incredible artists stepping into the safe appreciative light of their blog friends. i'm glad you are among them!

thanks for visiting. i've wanted to stop by when i see your comments elsewhere so i'm glad emily rabbit made the connection for us today.

:)
love
kj

Kate said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting (nice blog, btw!)!

Sue said...

Oh...really liking Delilah! Fabulous!

I so hear you on holding back because of the fear of making mistakes - I have done this so often in the past and am trying to overcome this. And yes, I have also seen an idea that has been percolating with me for several years done by another artist - because he/she ran with it rather than wimping out.

Sue:)

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...

That's right...just do it! and you did. She is absolutely delightful! Fun girl! XO

slommler said...

Amen!!!! You are so right!! And I am loving Delilah! She is gorgeous!
Hugs
SueAnn

Faerie Moon Creations said...

She is awesome! You did an absolutely spectacular job with her! :) Theresa

Grey Horse Matters said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting. Love the carnival girl and all your musings. Very well done.

Cameron said...

Yes! Just take a chance already....at least that's what needs to be said in my head more often!

Thanks for the motivation...

Delilah is such a Burlesque Carny Delight! Love her!

Fotf said...

Hi, just thought i'd mention i awarded you the Sunshine award. Please stop by to get it :)

A Dancing Mango said...

Oh Betty, how I enjoyed your post!
how i enjoyed your visit to my blog!
I cant find any of your art that is not loved by me!
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.
hugs

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Beautiful, it turned out perfect! I am extremely behind in my blogs, trying to catch up a bit!

HaroldM22 said...

呵。。。。好可愛~~..................................................

Amelia said...

ah, you are so right. I stop looking to see if people are doing what I wanted to do and know that my desire/images come from my heart!

It is great you can share your vulnerability. I agree too it is a case of 'do' because do always leads to new creative places and ideas . .. .

happy making!

Amelia.x

Tammie said...

Dancing Delilah is wonderful! I love the advice you are sharing. Art is about having fun, trying new things and learning. Jump right in!

readingsully2 said...

She is beautiful, Betty.