Ever had the feeling you don’t belong, you don’t know what you’re talking about, and you’re not as good as other people say you are? Sounds a bit like imposter syndrome, and something most of us have experienced! What triggers it? Is it the same thing for everyone? And is there anything we can do about it?
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My latest addition to my daily reading at breakfast: The Artists Way – Every Day
Despite noble intentions to go through the whole 12 week Artist’s Way again, and a few weeks of dutifully scribbling my “pages”, I haven’t kept up. So this little pocket-sized book of thoughts based on the original book by Julia Cameron is ideal.
I’ve chosen my thing for The 100 Day Project and because I’ve set the bar so ridiculously low for myself, I’ve been able to keep up. You can see what I’m up to here. Be warned, it’s not that inspirational (yet?) but it’s the consistency of turning up every day I’m after, not wonderful art! If you want to join in, you can choose whatever you like: it’s your own project. If you’re stuck for ideas, Gina has a download full of them here!
Gina’s feeling inspired by Portrait Artist of the Year (and have a look here to find out what she’s done!) and she’s discovered there’s an exhibition to celebrate eight years of the competition here.
A newsletter Gina and I both subscribe to comes from Helen Perry and is called The Switch. Worth subscribing if you like to keep track of what’s new in social media, plus hints and tips and training on all things Instagram and beyond.
I’ve been on my travels to visit my daughter in Provence (what’s the use of sending your one and only to the south of France if you don’t get to visit?!). While I was there I toodled up to see Paul Cézanne’s studio (there’s two separate links there).
I took a few photos, but it was a damp and drizzly day so the famous view of Mont Sainte-Victoire was nowhere to be seen from the Painter’s Field, but we were tickled to discover that this painting features the viaduct right next to our daughter’s university accommodation!
Meanwhile, Gina is still on the decluttering train, decluttering much more than just physical stuff but considering deeper questions about what’s important in life, and her art. She was particularly inspired by reading this article about how wanting less leads to satisfaction and this quote from Michaelangelo:
Finally, I’ve been inspired by a poetic metaphor about life, that I found by chance when looking for something else. It compares life to a train journey (apt since I took a brief but enjoyable TGV journey on my way down to Aix-en-Provence). Looking for the original author on the interwebs I’ve found various iterations of it, from this one to this one. I like it. It seems to be featured a lot on lists of suggested poems for funerals, not that there’s anything wrong with that, as my own husband is constantly asked for permission to use some of his poems about cycling for those very occasions!