I Can't Do That

It's been a few days since I last wrote. I've been working hard on some art related things and also have been working on a debut of sorts that will be happening in October! So stay tuned! 

Today I think I'm going to try to tackle the "I can't do that medium" issue. If you heard me in the drawing classes that I had to take to graduate you would have heard a lot of "I cannot draw, I do not feel comfortable drawing. My medium spends almost no time putting pencil or pen to paper unless you're writing out shot lists or sketches about what you want your photograph to look like. I've realized only recently (and this should have come at a more convenient time, like when I actually had to pass these classes, but I'll take what I can get. "I can't draw/paint/etch what have you" actually translates to "I'm too afraid to actually try". We as artists get comfortable in our media, especially when we start to get good at it, and I think the longer you spend trying to perfect one medium the less likely you are to branch out into a new one. That being said, many artists switch mediums in the middle of their career, but most of those artists have been able to build up the confidence that us young kids don't have yet. 

At this point in my photography career I know that the photography knowledge in my head is maybe 5% of what I will learn in my life time, and the idea that I had to spend so many years just to get to that 5% is intimidating for me. So the idea of wanting to learn another medium (right now I'm experimenting with ink and watercolor) is terrifying, because there's not a ton of overlap in the two mediums, there are some, but not enough. 

I like a challenge as much as the next girl, but jumping in to a new medium and putting toes in the water to see if I can even attempt to start at that .05% (I can mix paints, I know how to apply inks and watercolor to the paper, I have kind of a twisted mind but that's about it). But I figure I might as well try, if it's bad work I can throw it out, if it's good work I've found a new talent, and a new determination to learn the next 5% in both my new medium and my old ones. 

So the next time you find yourself thinking I can't do that, I won't have the time to learn that, I can't even draw a stick figure, maybe spend a half hour a day drawing, or making photographs, or painting, because even if you don't master it, you can always just be proud of yourself for adding another talent to your belt. 

Until next time