There are a lot of great and talented artists out there, but you would never know it. Why? Because a lot of the time they don't claim to be artists. They doodle, draw, mess around with paints every now and then. They like to arrange random objects in cool ways. People closet to them recognize their talent and often complement them in their creativity. But, yet the artist (in denial) deflects by saying "Oh, I just do this stuff for fun, I'm not an artist or anything."
I can safely say, that artists' feel a deep connection with their work. They feel strong emotions while working on a pieces of art. To them it's more than paints, paper, wood, pencils, etc... It's a means of expressing who they are. In a way there work is a piece of them. And when a piece is finished there is a great sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Some artists are brave enough to share their work with others despite feelings of vulnerability, while for others... it's a risk they are not willing to take. Just the thought of some one viewing their work negatively, keeps them from ever going far with there talent.
I've known people like this. I just wish that they could see that they are Great Artists. And people DO want to see their art. I wish I could have told them to not be afraid of others criticism. Because more often than not, people DO see the beauty of their art even when the artist, themselves, are their toughest critic. There is a saying that always sticks with me, it's, "What comes from the heart, is received by the heart." And if your art comes from your heart, others will receive it with their hearts.
I was scared at first, to show people my art work. I didn't want to show someone something that I had worked so hard on and they would say, "Oh...okay, that's kinda nice". or worse "What's so special about that? I mean I could do that." But I felt like I should take the chance and put it out there for people to see, and I am happy that I did. I think back to conversations that I had with my Grandmother. She never felt like her work was good enough to sell. She didn't think people valued her skill. I wish I had some pictures to show you all how GREAT her work was! She was Amazing! But at least to my knowledge, she never sold any of her work. So I wanted to take it to the next level (in a way for my grandmother). I inherited this beautiful gift and I want to do great things with it inshAllah (God willing). I want to show others and myself that, you are valuable and that you shouldn't let fear keep you from taking the next step.
I want to end this blog with words of encouragement :) Your creativity doesn't have limitations, unless you, yourself, make them. So don't be afraid to share and try new things. Learn and Grow. Look for inspiration everywhere in Allah's (God's) creation. Don't worry about how many people like your work. Do it from the heart, and love what you do.
I hope that who ever reads this, finds inspiration from it. Thanks for reading :)