The third “Duh” in this series of blogs (please see previous “Duh” posts) refers to the trap that we can fall into when we start comparing ourselves with other artists and think we are not as good, that we will never achieve as much fame, be accepted by a gallery, make as much money as they have,. In her book The Muse Is In, Jill Badonsky suggests that if we fall prey to this particular block, we may also invite in Fear, High or Unrealistic Expectations, Unhelpful Self-Talk, Resistance and possibly, just possibly Procrastination.
Consider this: if instead of comparing ourselves to other artists, we shift our thinking to invoke inspiration and curiosity about their process. then we can avoid this particular pitfall that can swallow up our unique creative expression.
We can begin by asking Very Small Questions and taking Very Small Steps. For instance, when we look at Hans Hoffman’s exquisite piece above, we might ask ourselves, What color of red is that? How about the yellow-gold? Which color did he lay down first? Then, we might take action by experimenting with a palette of colors—with the intention of Just Exploring—and maybe even getting a little Messy. Maybe even having a little fun.
There are many tools we can employ to avoid the kind discouragement that Lethal Comparison can bring. If you find yourself falling into this trap (or any of the other challenges I have mentioned above), check out the rest of our ArtCoaching for You website and schedule a free consultation with me for creativity coaching!