Thanks for dropping by! If you didn’t catch last week’s post “Matters of Inspiration and Fear – Part 1” you can visit here. It has been so great to share the personal thoughts & stories of such amazing and creative ladies with you. It has also been really lovely for me – personally, to remind myself that fear is all soooo very normal, would you too agree?? Sharing stories is a great way to learn from each other’s journeys in a non-jelly and gorgeously positive way! Fear is such a huge part of creativity – of being an entrepreneur and a simple journey shared can remind us all of that!
The above artwork was commissioned specifically for this post by Lauren from See Interiors. It is especially for those of us who need our “notes to self” a little more on the frank side – love it Frank! Thankyou Lauren for spoiling us so – don’t forget you can download your own FREE PRINTABLE of this A4 print for your own home and please do share with us on Instagram as we would love to see it!
*Naturally, this print cannot be used for commercial use or gain and please also credit Lauren as the original artist if you would like to share it around. Thankyou x
Interior Designer. Maker. Lover of vintage/ mid century, fashion and photography. Intrigued by far off places, inspired by local design. You can follow Petrina on Instagram here.
georgia_goring (for her gorgeous view of the world),
thekitchenmaid (always something yum to make on her feed/blog),
julie_gibbs (because I envy her broad travel and she is just lovely),
mirandaskoczek (a fellow artist with a beautiful Instagram feed)
kararosenlund (one of the reasons I became addicted to Instagram in the first place)
There are a couple of things I have learnt however, which really help me continue doing what I do. One is to be very clear in my own mind about what my definitions of success are, and to be careful not to measure myself or my work against that of other peoples. To remember that everyone has a unique journey to travel. Success for me therefore, has to include a well – balanced life for my family and myself, and so often my creative stuff has to play second fiddle to other priorities. The benefit to me though is that when I am feeling anxious or frustrated with my work, spending time with my children is a great way to restore balance and bring perspective back into my life.
Other things that help me manage negative thoughts are knowing that I work hard and to a high standard, and the rationale that one day that will pay off. Also I am careful not to compromise or change my work for others.
You have to love what you do more than you fear failure. I know this to be true because even after times of disappointment and rejection, I keep painting. It’s an addiction for me, and a passion. I will do it regardless of outcomes, even though I must admit I have had times when I consider getting a “real” job.
I often remind myself of how fortunate I am to have a life I love living. I am blessed with endless ideas, (if anything that can be a frustration in itself). I have a great studio in my house and a supportive husband and family. I have also had some wonderful artistic opportunities, like exhibiting in New York in 2013. With every success the bar raises and so do my expectations for myself and my art. It’s a long life though, and I am far from done. I am definitely the tortoise from the “Tortoise and Hare” fable. I have big future plans, and these help me keep grounded in the day to day ups and downs of being creative for a living. I blog about some of this stuff on my website, as I know I am certainly better at the balancing thing than I was when I first started painting 17 years ago. Here is a link to some posts related to this topic and I am always happy to get new subscribers! I did a podcast interview recently for the New Normal, where I talk about some of the things that work for me. I am adding to my family with this my lucky last, (fifth) baby, who arrives in early November.
I find that it helps me when I keep my work and personal life balanced, it seems easier to make a clear decision and one side is there to support the other. Back at University I was so eager to focus on my studies that I really turned into a study-holic and creative fear always seemed to knock on my door in sink with what I call ‘brain-exhaustion’. So I have learned to balance life a bit more now, thank God! I think that failing to do anything is probably the worst decision of all and I also try to see failure as a stepping stone, part of the creative process. In order to make a decision sometimes I might make mistakes, and that is fine, as it might also lead me to discover new approaches and ideas.
I like the idea of imperfection; it feels a bit more ‘organic’. Working with hand painted designs I constantly run into unexpected results, which I have now learned to appreciate as unique and interesting. Expressing my creativity, either as a textile and wallpaper designer or as a mum, is an opportunity for me to experiment, learn and exchange and if I fear that, I can not enjoy the journey. I think that our creativity is like an in-built magic wand with which we express ourselves, so I find that when I stop making self-judgement, I also forget about fear and allow myself to embark in new experiences.
A huge thank you Leah, Deborah, Lauren, Petrina, Jasmine and Karina for being so open with your thoughts and inspirations – your answers were a beautiful read and we loved getting to know you all more!