Your expression is unique.


“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” 
― Martha Graham

Can you imagine what amazing works of art the world would have been deprived of had these women decided to silence their expression. There would have never been a Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt or a Artemisia Gentileschi. 

What if these women had listened to their inner critic and thought… “I’m not good enough”, or “my art is crap” or “I can’t make a living from my art”. What if they had listened to the people around them who said they were crazy, eccentric, or “special” or not up to par in their skill set? Can you imagine the things they heard from the people around them? Frida your lady parts are hanging out or Georgia your paintings look like lady parts!  How sad would it have been had they allowed the negativity or fear to take hold?

I also think of the impact their lives have made on the next generation of artists that are now creating. I think of living artists today, ladies like Julie Zarate, las Lupes – Lupe Posada, Lupe Flores and Maya-Christina Gonzalez. There are so many others doing the work, putting themselves out there. They are brave mujeres.  

So how do you move past the negativity that scares you into thinking you can’t do it? I honestly think that when you get that little urge, that quickening of your spirit (life force, inner voice – I call it spirit), that is when you need to move on it. That’s when creativity is shouting to get out and be expressed. The more you silence that voice, the harder it will be later on to get her to show up. 

Is it easy to be an artist? Absolutely not, it takes drive, determination, perseverance, practice, and then more practice. It means having the toughness to get past rejection, fear of failure, criticism, and periods when you can’t find your muse. But it’s not impossible to be one if that is what your soul is telling to you do. So go pick up that canvas and paint set or if you don’t have one start with pencil and paper or a sharpie and a notebook. Let your expression be seen, let it be heard, let it be written. 

I am encouraged and my spirit does a little backflip when I see a new young artist put her herself out there. Taking a chance, expressing herself on canvas, not caring about what the critics both inner and around her have to say. That’s what I call being a Brave! Mujer! 

I would love hear about your experience dealing with fear when it comes to your creativity. How did you handle the critics? How did you move past the fear?

                          Con amor, 
                           Maria Sanchez




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