I get asked pretty frequently about how I can post my work and my process so publicly online – how I can welcome people into my studio to paint along with me, and share all my marketing tips, packaging supply lists, favorite art materials, unique painting techniques… really, I try to share anything and everything I can.
I do this, not to create clones of myself, and not to foolishly expose my work to copycats and thieves. I share because I am passionate & passion is pretty hard to stifle.
I share because for every one scoundrel there are 1,000 artists who are growing, trying new things, and are in desperate need of support. If I can shine a tiny ray of hope, encouragement, or clarity into the sometimes-murky creative world, then the blessings far outweigh the risks.
The way I see it, living in fear of betrayal also equals alienation.
I am not afraid of being copied because the copier does not have my ideas or vision – and I put a lot of value in those two aspects of the creative process.
Copiers also do not have my hands. My hands are trained and taught to move in a certain way. And my hands will move differently than yours in the same way that your voice sounds different from mine. I put a lot of faith in my hands.
Betrayal and being treated unjustly is concerning, but is not something to fear. However, I am afraid of losing the beauty of community. I am afraid that the walls of secrecy and fear we place around our work are harming not only those who are learning but ourselves.
Be cautious. Know how to spot a scoundrel, but be generous to your community. They will be the ones who support and nurture you when you need to grow and learn. We all have wisdom. Let’s share it!
(This is just the first post in a series of living the creative life without fear. Stay tuned for more!)
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