Let’s talk about something that often lurks in the shadows of our studios, something that can hinder our growth and success if we allow it: insecurity. Yes, that nagging voice that tells us we’re not good enough, that we’ll never measure up, that it’s safer to stay hidden away with our art rather than stepping into the spotlight.

I confess, I’ve grappled with this myself, and I know many of you have too. Despite the exhilaration of creation, there’s a comfort in insecurity, a familiarity in the solitude of our studios. But as artists, especially those of us who rely on live painting events, teaching, and public appearances to showcase our work, we can’t afford to let insecurity hold us back.

For me, the struggle persists. Setting up my easel in a room full of strangers, with all eyes potentially on me, still sends shivers down my spine. Each new event brings its own set of challenges, its own anxieties to overcome. But despite the discomfort, I’ve come to realize that embracing confidence is essential for both personal and professional growth.

Funny thing is I was a cheerleader for years from about 5th grade to 11th grade and every week during football season I was out there with my team, jumping, cheering and shouting. For some reason I saw this as a job, something I got up to do, and gave it my all , and then when I wasn’t cheering, I went back to being more reserved, quiet and introspective.

I know for many of us, we love the quiet solitude of working in our studio, it’s learning how to balance that with the willingness to step out that comfort zone and share the work we created.

So, how do we bid farewell to our insecurity blanket and step boldly into the spotlight? I came across three practical tips to help us ease the transition:

  1. Shift Your Mindset: Instead of viewing self-promotion as a daunting task, reframe it as an essential part of your artistic journey. Just as you dedicate time and energy to honing your craft, commit to promoting your work with the same level of enthusiasm and dedication. Treat it as a job—a vital aspect of being a professional artist—and approach it with the same passion and excellence you bring to your creative endeavors.
  2. Embrace Vulnerability: Remember that vulnerability is not weakness; it’s courage in action. Allow yourself to be seen, flaws and all, knowing that authenticity is far more compelling than perfection. Share your creative journey, including the struggles and setbacks along the way. You’ll be amazed at how connecting on a human level can foster deeper relationships with your audience.
  3. Seek Support and Accountability: Don’t go it alone. Surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow artists who understand the struggles and triumphs of the creative process. Having accountability partners can also help keep you accountable to your goals, whether it’s committing to regular social media posts, attending networking events, or applying for exhibitions.
  4. Of course! Here’s another tip to add to the list:
  5. Practice Self-Compassion: Be gentle with yourself on this journey of growth. Recognize that overcoming insecurity takes time and patience. When negative thoughts arise, acknowledge them without judgment, and then gently redirect your focus to more positive and empowering beliefs. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a dear friend facing similar challenges. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and remember that setbacks are simply opportunities for learning and growth.

My fellow artists, let’s challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, to embrace vulnerability, and to cultivate confidence in ourselves and our art. Together, we can bid farewell to our insecurity blankets and embrace the exhilarating journey of sharing our creativity with the world.

I’m cheering you on!

With courage and creativity, Linda

Feel free to leave a comment below and share what you might be stuggling with when it comes to sharing your artwork. Or if you have a great story of overcoming promoting your artwork I would love to her it.

thanks for participating – Wishing you much love and courage to keep creating and sharing!

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