It’s a funny old world and you certainly never know when a sprinkling of magic will come your way.
I’ve spent the last few years doodling, painting and drawing… very much reconnecting with that part of me that existed in my teens. A part that had got lost amongst the realities of life. As a result of these gentle steps, I tentatively started to put my art out there and have been very pleased with the feedback and support I have received.
Then I connected with a Mentor. An amazingly talented lady who makes herself available to fellow creatives.
A mentor doesn’t tell you what and what not to do, but through the process of mentoring you are enabled, yourself, to access the tools and resources you have within you to achieve your goals. It’s a little like counselling, and it is an amazingly liberating experience for any creative struggling and working alone in a vacuum – I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Being a Mentor myself, I wasn’t sure I needed ‘mentoring’ as such but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sometimes we are too close to something to see it properly. Perspective is gained by either taking a step back, or looking at something through someone else’s lens. I think this is particularly important for creatives as we are our own worse critics and this, by its very nature, can be self-limiting.
To cut a long story short, since the virtual chat with my mentor (just a 1 hour, virtual session) and the actions that resulted from it, my confidence has soared. It didn’t happen overnight. There was no epiphany. However, there was a growing confidence and determination as I reached out for things that had felt beyond my reach before (and so was avoiding) and in doing so I grew artistically. So much so in fact that I am now putting my art on t-shirts!
To say I’m stunned is an understatement. I’ve no idea where this will go. I’ve no idea if anyone will want to wear what I produce. However, what I do know is that I am enthused! I love what I do and I hope that some small part of me is evident in my designs and that whoever wears them feels that.