Brave Art.

I'm linking up with Liv Lane's Brave Post Blog Hop today.  This is a tough one!  The assignment is to write a post about something that you want to share but that you find difficult to share. 
Well, I can think of tons of things that would be uncomfortable for me to write about here.  But the point is not to make myself uncomfortable.  The point is to get over that hurdle of being afraid to be vulnerable - afraid to be honest, to be yourself, just as you really are. 

I think the thing that is most difficult for me to share here is my artwork.  I seem to have no problem at all writing and posting pictures of things I sew or quilt.  I belong to several swap groups on Flickr and have a great time swapping sewn creations with people across the country and around the world!  But I never really show my colorful drawings to anyone.  I go in phases with doing a lot of these at times.  Other times I'm happier sewing, but I have several sketchbooks full of these bright drawings.  I'm not sure why it's hard for me to share them.  They are very close to my heart.  I suppose I am afraid that they (I) will be judged harshly.  I feel like they are not "real" art; or are immature because of the bright colors.  And, you know, sometimes I even feel that my sewing and quilted things might be judged immature because the same bright colors are in the fabrics I choose.

I'm pretty sure that most of this judgement is coming from my own mind.  I keep myself limited.  Protected.
Is this fear of failure?  ofsuccess?  of being rejected?



Oh, I know intellectally that it is right for me to follow my creative heart/desires when I'm making something. I mean expressing myself through creative activity is the whole point of it for me. That's what art is to me - self expression. And I believe that it is good for me - good for the soul.  So I do it. And I use the colors that make me happy.

But the whole point of blogging is to share and make connection with others.

So now I'm going to show you some of the drawings!  These are just snapshots of portions of the drawings  - not the whole drawing - that my husband took awhile back.  Some of them are a bit blurry. Sorry.



OH and my blog header? 
Yeah - I drew that, too.

25 comments

  1. Laney, your drawings are lovely. I'm so glad you posted them. I can talk about my most personal failings on my blog with no problem...showing my art was hard, so I very much "get" you. BUT, I'm over it now. You will get there, too!

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  2. And why have you been hiding this WONDERFUL creativity from the world, Miss Laney?

    WHY???

    Because it's good. Now go make some more and get it out there!

    xo Susan

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  3. I agree with Susan! Tear those pages out and frame them. They are lovely!

    Lori

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  4. Oh, Laney... I love them... I'm about to snag one for my own header. :) I'm actually half serious. I love that last one... the detail, the overlap, the lines, the contrast... all of it!
    Awesome work!

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  5. These are stunning, Laney! I hope it feels like a relief to put these out there and see how much people love them! And I hope we get to see a lot more in the future. :)

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  6. Beautiful art, Laney. Thank you for being brave with us and posting your work.

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  7. Wow, Laney, your artwork is just so beautiful. Sunshiney and glorious. Thank you for posting your artwork here, I've loved seeing it. I love drawing too but lack confidence to do it and show what I've drawn. you've inspired me to go ahead and do it. Thank you. Em x

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  8. Laney, the colors are beautiful and I'm a sucker for anything floral. Beautiful! Thank you for being brave. It is an honor to share in your journey.

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  9. Wow! These are great designs and wonderful colors, you need to get them out in the world and share. I am right there with you on how hard that is but " just do it"!

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  10. LANEY FABULOUS! Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are a creative artist. This is work that should never be hidden away. It reminds me of alot of the artwork Liv has on her blog. Adding beautiful quotes to these would be lovely. Oh Laney, whatever you do with these, I am just so happy you have shared x, Belinda

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  11. They are colorful --and beautiful. Hope you'll be sharing lots more.

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  12. Beautiful drawings!!!! So glad you were able to share them, Thank you! Love & Grace, AnaLisa

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  13. Wow, you took a big, HUGE, brave step today - go you!!! I am not ready to take that step yet, I am not nearly as skilled as you are, but one day I will share. So happy to see you share your beautiful art with us and the world. Keep sharing!

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  14. oh wow! those are awesome! I see "surface pattern designer" in your future...seriously...wouldn't that be awesome to see your drawings printed on fabric?!

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  15. Excuse me, my dear, but your art is amazing and the colors are so invigorating to me. I'm so glad you posted this!

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  16. These are so cool! I love them!! I'm so glad you shared too:)

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  17. You are truly talented and the bright colors are SO happy!! Love! Congratulations on being brave! Please keep sharing!

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  18. I think you drawings are beautiful and not immature at all - I love the bright colors! I am glad you posted these and hope you will now post more of your art. Reading your post and seeing your gorgeous creations was a real blessing to me today!

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  19. Very beautiful artwork-so colorful and vibrant! Thanks for being brave and sharing.
    Jill

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  20. Don't let those doubts stop you. YOur work is AmaZing and I love the bright colors. If you do what makes your heart sing, then others will sing along with you.

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  21. Hooray! Yahoo! Yippee! You are setting yourself free and doing a glorious service to the world! Colorful, vibrating, spirited fun -- I bet they are glad to be set free, too!

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  22. These are beautiful!!! I love them! Congrats on being brave and putting yourself out there. That's awesome.

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  23. WOW. You are seriously amazing. Never, ever ever hide this beauty from the world again! I adore artists who work in bright colors. You remind me of Jessica Swift ... she has a blog too, she did the rainboot project thingee last year. But you've got your own unique style, too. love it.

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  24. Laney, your drawings look as if they are coming out of a happy place in your soul where it must be nice to live:) Never stop doing them. xx

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  25. Laney, these are gorgeous! I think we can be our own harshest critic, well done for stepping out despite how you might feel. Blessings for the weekend! Amanda


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