Stressed out by Art

Ok, so "art" is probably too grand a term. It's just that lately something about witnessing works of creativity, in any form, makes me downright anxious. Please tell me I'm not the only one. I love to browse through artsy/crafty blogs and admire other people's work. At first I merely admire and then I begin to feel inspired but it's not long before inspiration turns into a sort of anxious obsessing. I think to myself, "Why didn't I think of that?" which then turns into a wild brainstorm on how I can make something just as good if not better. Scary and not real productive. I need to learn how to smell the roses I guess, without looking around to see if there is good natural light for photographing them.

On a different note, I found Ethan taking good care of his "guys" yesterday:

Sweet dreams, Superman.


Cara said...

Oh my goodness, Liane, that sounds so familiar. I do that all the time when it comes to my artwork, mostly drawing. I've got to tell you, I would be so afraid to attempt any of the spectacular objects and stuffed animals and hats you've created. I find you and your blog utterly amazing.

Brad said...

You are not alone. I feel this kind of art angst when it comes to photography, especially when I see other people's pictures at work and other places. Sometimes I feel like I spend most of my time looking at and critiquing rather than creating.

I like your point about the roses - I think I should go someplace beautiful without a camera, just so I can learn to appreciate rather than feeling I have to capture.

gretchen said...

Hmm, fascinating. So fascinating in fact that I just wrote a super long comment and then emailed it to you instead. So go check your email!

I love you, and you are one of the most fascinatingly creative people I know!

drewey fern said...

That's how Josh Leo's vlog made me feel. I finally checked it out, was mightily impressed, and almost gave up blogging altogether! You are certainly not alone:)