Leap of Faith
The closet artist - an artist who loves doing art, but never has the confidence to show it off. I was one, I know others who are. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the closet artists out there took that leap of faith and perhaps put themselves forward for an exhibition, or approached a local retailer to sell some of their work.
I went to art college and did a years foundation course and the one thing I took away from that course, apart from having made some amazing friends, was that my style of art was not popular. No, the tutors didn't like my drawings! They thought they were bland as they had no colour, boring, as they were merely depicting an animal with no background and I was mortified. I loved this style of art, I had daily urges to create something when I worked in this style, it inspired me.
Fast forward about 5 years and I was working in a solicitors office, doing the occasional drawing for a work colleague in return for a box of chocolates or a coffee in the local coffee shop. Lack of confidence meant that I went no further with art until I was in my mid to late thirties. I gave up my law career to concentrate on motherhood and picked up the pencil again. This time, I had no one except my family to see my work, until I found facebook.
My son had started school by this point, so I had made some new mummy friends, who I was in contact with on social media and one day I decided to take that leap of faith and post a photo of one of my pictures on facebook. I got an amazing response, but where do you go from here? Showing them to friends and family is not necessarily going to get you noticed as an artist. The compliments from my mummy friends gave me the push I needed to take the next step.
I toyed with the idea for a long time before taking the plunge and booking a stall at my sons school fair. I was working on the Tiger (see below) at the time and so I sat and drew at the fair and I haven't looked back.
Since then I have had a constant stream of commissions, I joined a local arts society and have exhibited a few times, I am selling art in a local arts cafe alongside the commissions and I set up my own art facebook page which is flourishing. The feeling is extremely exhilarating.
So, don't hide your work, show it off. Take the next step, as small as that may be, and show the world your talent. If you don't fancy going as far as having a stall at a local fair or market, then at least join your local art group. They do workshops, which may boost your confidence and you will meet like-minded people, who will give you tips and advice and most important of all, encouragement.
I challenge you to take the leap of faith today!