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Posted by2 months ago
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Hi all. 🦋🌸 I have extreme anxiety about sharing my art. Seriously. It’s debilitating. 🥺Am I the only one? Any advice or book recommendations from other artists that got past it? I painted this last night. TIA

r/Watercolor - Hi all. 🦋🌸 I have extreme anxiety about sharing my art. Seriously. It’s debilitating. 🥺Am I the only one? Any advice or book recommendations from other artists that got past it? I painted this last night. TIA
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Holy shit, you painted this in a night? This would take me a week at least. You’re killin it. In regards to the anxiety, my partner and I jokingly tell each other “no one cares about you,” meaning that everyone is too busy caring about themselves to worry about you. Also, therapy has helped me overcome my own sharing anxiety 🙂

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Op · 2 mo. ago

🤗 that is an excellent way of thinking about it. I love it. Yes… I paint pretty quickly. Usually the inspiration strikes when my kids are asleep. Thank you. You are a great confidence booster.

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I know how you feel! But you know what? We are all human! We have feelings....and we as artists, put our feelings down on canvas, paper, or anything that shows our emotions! You did well! I love the way you express yourself in your art. Keep going and don't ever quit!

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Thank you so much! I feel better already. That’s just what I needed to hear.

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Nothing needs to be added to the piece. It’s finished and Gorgeous

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That is beautiful! You are incredibly talented! It's so colorful and elegant. Wow!

You're not the only one. I was afraid to share my paintings too. Then I finally said I would in watercolor groups on social media, like here, because I realized how happy it made me to see others share theirs, no matter where they were in their journey. It made me happy to see what made other people happy, and I decided I wanted to give that to someone else.

Thank you for being brave and vulnerable and sharing this with us. It's inspiring and uplifting, at least to me.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

I am very encouraged by your way of thinking. You are a wonderful soul! Thank you. 🤗

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I really love the colors you used and the mood you've evoked here.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

💕 thank you!!!

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Beautiful pallette and style saving this in my favs

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Ahhhhh, thank you! 💕🦋🤗

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This whole piece has a lovely color palette that really immerses me in the art! I also can’t believe you did this all in watercolor 😍!! I’m curious, What are the size dimensions for your art?

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Hi! It is 8 x 10 on a watercolor pad. I am using some new watercolors that are Japanese. Thank you! 💕🦋🌸

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Stealing my art not as much, as i dont post my art. But stealing my written work. Now that will piss me off.

This looks heavenly btw, masterfully done.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Thank u! I can understand why you are reluctant to share because of potential theft of your art or ideas. That has not happened to me. Maybe because I haven’t shared outside of friends and family yet. I would probably be flattered at first… the maybe I would get upset.

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I’d be scared of sharing my work if it were this amazing too! Suddenly people might start thinking I was actually a talented artist!

Jokes aside, this is an incredible piece. I hope you grow to be more comfortable sharing your work because I’d love to see more from you, friend!

Maybe start a private Instagram (or other) account where you could share to a smaller audience?

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I second that! I would happily follow on Instagram!

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Thank you for your kind support. I really, really appreciate it. 😊🌸🦋

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I do! I use CBTherapy, stoicism/Taoism, and I paint for meditation. (As a professional artist the best thing I did was separate my “therapy art” from my “sharing art” so I don’t feel the stress/pressure to “create a masterpiece” when I feel like donkey sh*t.) Also, don’t think too much about the opinions of folks without mental illness, they might mean well but they just don’t know. Your art is beautiful btw.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Great thoughts. I appreciate your input. 🙏🦋💕

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Read Art and Fear.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

I will!!! Thank you for the recommendation! 🙏🌸🦋

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