ADVICE FROM ANDY...
I came across this quote the other day on Pinterest…
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. —Andy Warhol
This got me thinking about my new sketching practice. The first time I sat down to make a sketch at my table, the voice of serious self-doubt flooded into my mind. Anne Lamont who wrote Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life likes to call that voice inside your head, Station KFKD [K-Fucked]. It’s the voice that screams, “What are you doing? That looks terrible. Is that a drawing or a doodle? What is the point? Why are you wasting your time?”
The thing is, I’m not showing those drawings to anyone. So why the voice? No one even has to decide if it’s good or bad. I’m doing the drawings for myself. However, to be perfectly honest, I guess in the back of my mind I imagine the drawings might lead to something new. That’s probably why the voice is coming through so loudly.
No matter what we do in our lives, we have all dealt at some point in time with Station KFKD. How do you deal with the voice of self-doubt in your head?
I think what I’ll do is write Andy’s quote down and keep it on my sketching table to remind me to keep on making art!
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons, Warhol in Stockholm 1968, Photographer Unknown