Climbing out of the Box

For several years I belonged to a wonderful organization. It was medium specific and it provided a great deal of information and opportunity for many artists who work in that medium.

When I first joined the organization I only worked in the medium it represented, so it was perfect for me. I loved it! I learned so much.

However, as time went on I started to work in other art media. Medium that I enjoyed far more, and was far more adept at. I preferred to spend my time with watercolor in particular. Because I belonged to this organization, I felt obligated to continue to devote some of my time to the medium it represented.

Well, I finally decided not to continue my membership. I must reiterate that this is a great organization, but this was something I needed to do for me…and it turns out my growth.

Once I made that decision, it was a moment of clarity. The top of the box came off and I climbed out. Literally overnight, my work began to improve, as did my confidence.

I’m still on a lifelong journey. I think that’s part of being an artist. Now though I feel free to create.

So, if you’re feeling boxed in, look at what may be confining you. What can you change to set you free? Climb out of your box!

Published by karenjamesarts

Fine Artist

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