Never Underestimate The Influence of Authenticity In Your Art

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Showing your true face and not being swept away by the crowd is one of the biggest challenges across history. If we are engaged in creative activities, then the relationship to our lives blends very clearly on our unwritten canvases. We pass through us to our unconscious (for more on this idea, see Key to Timeless Art).

Even my way to be myself was very winding and mountainous. Personally, I was afraid to express myself for a long time, whether it was given by upbringing (I respect my parents, only no one is perfect), in later life relationships with my boyfriends and art schools I was under the strong influence of what teachers think. The student-teacher relationship at art schools is on a separate article. In this regard, I would just like to point out that the opinions of others on our artistic style, at the time when we are most formed, can uncertain our inner compass. In my case, it took about 2 years, since I graduated, to find my creative path again. Learning REALLY independent thinking means breaking free from metal shackles and with a dose of courage to go against the flow, not to be afraid that you can often remain misunderstood. It means becoming such a mini teacher for others. It’s only a small price to pay for what you can achieve when you’re on your own.

Advantages of standing up for yourself (the list could be much longer, but better to go in small digestible steps):

  1. One of the points of being honest and authentic is how we attract people, both on social networks and live.
  2. As our artistic expression is connected to the unconscious, people will directly feel what emotions we put into the project. Authentic works that try to repel something that really lies at our heart carry a greater spirit – greater authenticity and will appeal to more people (with patience).
  3. Your intuition doubles.
  4. And most importantly, a flame will ignite in you, which will drive you over the Zen Mountains.

Ask yourself with the hand on your heart – Does doing this project really matters to you?

In the end, that’s all that matters. And if you’re afraid to start with yourself, try looking at the Imperfectionist Manifesto.

Good luck!

On Key

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