Although I’m increasingly disenchanted with social media, occasionally I still get to see one of my friends’ posts. This one caught my eye today:
Curious about the source of all this priceless advice, I Googled “How to feel miserable as an artist.” *PING*! Up popped illustrator Keri Smith’s wise and wonderful website.
Clearly, she’s done a lot of thinking about the creative process — and it shows in her work. As I explored her site I was impressed by her insatiable curiosity, her sense of humor, and her willingness to fail.
But what really struck me about Keri is that she’s an evangelist for creativity in others: Even on her landing page, she prompts visitors to use the built-in sketch pad to “draw or describe something that is right in front of you.”
I drew my clock, because, well, whatever …
If I say so myself, it’s not an entirely horrible likeness.
I also loved her collection of journals that are just begging to be wrecked. (Maybe she’s finally found a way to get me past the Tyranny of the Blank Book?)
But more than anything, I loved her generosity in sharing her hilarious (yet extremely insightful) Artists’ Survival Kit. It consists of five PDF files full of fun activities you can download for free.
My favorite was page 5 — probably because it so beautifully echoes my (admittedly naïve) notion that we can make our own good luck.
I also appreciated the opportunity to write my own paycheck, and the permission form that grants me the right to make mistakes:
Plus, finally — thanks to Keri — everything I write will be award-winning!
How about you? Are you ready to give yourself permission to fail, and create your own damn award? Well, in case you need one more affirmation of your greatness, I’ll leave you with this reminder: