I look at other artists blogs, artwork, and more. I want to learn their techniques. I want to learn how they blog. I want to emulate their success (or at least what I believe them to have).
And then I realize. They are not me. I am. God has created me to do something very special.
I went to a workshop years ago (pre-kids) in Detroit with artist/teacher Peter London. He wrote a book, No More Secondhand Art. That workshop had a huge impact on me. He helped us realize that no matter what every single person has a different viewpoint and voice. We all see the world completely differently through the lens of our own eyes and brains. NO ONE else sees and perceives the way anyone else does. This was huge in my teaching. I never made the kids all copy the same artwork, or follow exactly what I did. I showed them HOW, but then they were expected to make it their own.
So why do should I expect myself to create artwork like anyone else? Why should any of our homes look the same? Wear the same outfits? Create the same meal? Parent the same? Run a business the same? Have the same faith relationship needs? I tell the kids all the time how much I love how original they are.
It is time to start telling myself, again, and believe it. For good.
How about you? What is God inspiring YOU to do?