What Gets In Your Way?
The studio of artist Lydia Knox.

What Gets In Your Way?

Art is the expression of a life lived. It holds the thoughts and actions of the artist. Whether the viewer sees it or not, art holds the artist’s hidden truths. Does she love herself? Did she abandon herself to the flow? Did she have to coax out the honesty one push at a time? Most importantly, did the piece even see the light of day, or does it still live in her desire to do something? Perhaps when other things have been taken care of…

What is it you would do?

  • If you had enough money?
  • If you had enough time?
  • When the kids are in college?
  • When you learn how to?
  • List your ‘if’ and ‘when’ here.
  • List your ‘if’ and ‘when’ here.
  • List your ‘if’ and ‘when’ here.

Do you feel guilty when you take time to be creative?

I did. If I wasn’t suffering in my work, I thought I wasn’t working hard enough and was worthless. Turns out, that was a huge lie. You might not be telling yourself the same things, but there are other lies that are keeping you from fully enjoying something you love to do.

This is an adaptation of an exercise from Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’.

List 5 things you would do if – you had the time, money, faith, knowledge, talent, and nobody thought it was crazy?

Here are some examples:

  • Buy a drum set
  • Train for a marathon
  • Write a blog

List 5 things you would like to do but won’t allow yourself, because they may be reckless or irresponsible or don’t even make the list of priorities:

Here are some examples:

  • Learn sailing.
  • Carry a sketchbook.
  • Buy a hat.

There is no call to action here. The job of this post is to facilitate awareness. The doing is in your hands. However, I would love to hear about any ‘a-ha’ moments.

365 DAYS is my personal practice of shipping words and images.

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  1. Lydia

    Love that pic of my studio, great blog!

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