Being Creative – Create for YOU!

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It’s not being selfish to create for yourself. If cheap football jerseys china you are trying to please others, expect plenty of disappointment along the way.

Being Creative is a six-part series on the subject of creativity. This is part two.

One of the biggest traps any artist can fall into is the trap of creating art to please others. You will never please everyone, and creating work attempting to please others is not only risky (it’s possible they won’t like it), but it’s not generally as rewarding on a personal level. Now don’t get me wrong. If grandkid #1 would love a cared wooden train or grandkid #2 would love a pink quilt with Hello Kitty on it, then yes by all means do it! That’s using your skills or talents to make something for the joy of seeing a bright face on a loved one. de I’m talking here about your creative voice and your pursuit of your artistic dreams.

It’s nice to have a pat on the back and no doubt if feels good. Enjoyment is gained when accolades are given, but seeking them should never be the goal of an artist. The pursuit of accolades is no different than a politician saying what they think they should say in order oakley outlet to win the vote – rather than saying what they feel is in their hearts to be right. Create what makes you happy. If someone else likes it, great, you score! Trust me, there is no art that everyone likes. Learn to expect there will be those who simply don’t care for what you do – and that’s okay!

Recently I queried a group of quilters on Facebook about things that beginning quilters needed to know. Other than basic skills and knowledge were replies such as: “Do it for fun!,” “Don’t let the quilt police get to you!,” and “Pick fabrics you like!” It’s natural for us to want approval, but trust me, working on a project you don’t like – a design you don’t like – or using a technique you don’t like will simply be a chore. Life is Wholesale NFL Jerseys too short! Do what pleases you!

Have you had an NBA Jerseys Cheap experience where made something you really didn’t like? Was it for someone else? What are you doing when you are most happy in your creative pursuits?

 

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5 Comments

  1. I did ONE commissioned piece. The woman saw no need to pay me for the work I had already done when she changed her mind in the middle of the project. Since then and forever forward I do what I like and if others like it- fine- If they don’t -fine-. I create for my pleasure, if it pleases others that increases my pleasure. It is the creating with joy that creates my life. “If it ain’t fun, don’t do it.”

  2. My stepmother asked me to make 2 twin-sized quilted bedspreads in autumn colors. Those colors & I did not get along at all, resulting in a very long making time. In the end, she never paid for time or materials, then tried to give them away to someone else (which would have been fine if they had been paid for). I took them back & donated them to my guild’s philanthropy, so they went to a local women’s shelter to someone who could snuggle with them. It was an awful experience.
    The quilts I’ve made for myself, mostly small art quilts, made my heart sing – and friends & family have wanted to “steal” them for themselves! Ha! I’ve also been making crocheted bowls that I call Happy Bowls, because that’s how they make me feel while I’m working on them. I have a few steady customer, so they’re making even more people happy too.

  3. Looks great!!! I can see why they make you happy! Whoo-hoo!

  4. I tend to struggle when working with colors I just don’t like. I have made some quilts for people but like Betty, people don’t understand all the work and time that goes into making a quilt and don’t want to pay what you think it might be worth. When asked to do a project I always tell them upfront what I think it will cost…sometimes they decide to go purchase something instead which is fine. Those who are willing to pay someone to make it for them understand the value of the gift they are giving. Recently I have made a quilt which is currently at the quilter and I am picking it up on Friday! I made it just for me and my husband (while he doesn’t dislike it) says it isn’t one of his favorites. We’ll see what he says when it’s done.

  5. I make craft projects of all kinds including quilts and garments. The most frequently asked ? is “Do you sell these?” Answer always is NO. When pushed I explain there are many reasons, time deadlines, colors, designs, sizes etc. Any of these mean restriction and I will not accept that. I found out the hard way restriction takes the fun out of everything! That said, I am open to critique through different eyes when I sense something is lacking. If someone else sees a needed positive improvement it often leads to not strictly using their idea but opening other avenues of my own.

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