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Self Censorship

Learning how and when to censor yourself is very important when developing any artistic skill. The way you go at this process can have a huge impact in your skill. I try to keep my learning curve steady and steep, in a way that actually makes it enjoyable and worthwhile. In that sense, it’s important to allow myself to go in different directions, and knowing when an experiment is proving worthwhile.

I see a lot of people telling themselves that their work is not good enough. Most of the time, that’s just not true. There is always something worthwile to be found, even if it’s hard to spot at first. True skill lies in laying that something bare, stripping it of all fat and needless filler, and be confident enough to put it out into the world. That skill is what makes true artists.

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  1. June 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Vitor, I think the same is true of writers. If we wait for something to be perfect, we miss out on a lot of great products whether you are talking about a piece of art such as yours or a blog article such as some of mine. Sometimes the finished product is perfect and you know it can be no better. Other times, our striving for perfection can make us miss the mark with something that turns out great even though it isn’t what we expected it to be when we started the project.

  2. June 15, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Vitor, I agree. Sometimes we try to put a value on the work we do but we don’t realize that the value is subjective to the recipient. Like what Patricia said – if we wait for something to be perfect, we miss out on a lot. What’s perfect to you or me, could be different for someone else. We just have to trust that by just being open about sharing our works, we are allowing ourselves to connect and exchange with like-minded energies who may be seeking the same things. I feel that connection itself, no matter with how many people (or how few), is worthwhile. šŸ™‚

  3. June 16, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Hey Patricia,

    Yes, all creations tend to change their shape along the way… we just have to go along with it.

    Irene,

    You said it perfectly. How we perceive something, how we feel about it, can often be quite surprising and totally different from the original intent.

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