1. Surround yourself with your positive tribe.
We all need support, especially when the nay sayers don’t believe in us. Find those that do and allow them to provide the support that you so rightly deserve. Many days my husband will come out and watch me paint in my studio. It means the world to me. When he says, “I believe in you” I feel it from the top of my head and out through my feet. My friends send me notes saying, “Wow, I love your paintings.” Some call and say, “I’m so proud of you.” These are my peeps. This is my tribe. They are there for me and I will never forget them.
2. Claim your title. When someone asks, “What do you do?” say it with confidence.
Practice in the mirror if you have to. For me, I say, “I’m an artist”. It took a while to embrace those words as I initially felt like I was an imposter. Not anymore.
3. Practice your craft.
Whether it’s writing, analysing numbers, or running – just like flossing one’s teeth, do it every day as an act of self-love. I have painted every day (yes, every day) since 2015. Even if it’s for 5 minutes, it helps turn my dream of being an artist into living as one.
4. Think like Andy Warhol.
Andy once said, “Don’t think about making art, and 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.” This is a mantra that I live by. I just keep making art.
5. Find what inspires you and go there often.
I could not live without hearing the sounds of the ocean, without smelling the salt air, and without seeing the wonders of waves. That scenario inspires me to paint, and keep painting, on a daily basis. It helps free me from any clutter in my mind so I can continue on my life path.
6. Go to the “YES”.
When you put yourself out there in the world, especially when it’s a change in career or life pursuit, expect to be rejected. Isn’t there a saying that for every 10 “no’s” there’s a “yes” around the corner? Maybe it’s for every 20 “no’s”. The idea is that we would miss that YES, if we did not experience the NO. When I submit to artist calls for entry to curated art shows, I never know if my painting will be selected. I do it anyway. Recently, the “YES” was being accepted into the Los Angeles Art Association as an emerging artist. I submitted 5 images as well as my artist statement. When I was “early accepted” into the program, I couldn’t believe it! Had I not been accepted, I would still submit somewhere else. I simply trust that there’s a better place for where my art should go.
7. Drink water.
We all need self-care. Water is the symbol for me to keep taking care of myself in order to continue manifesting and creating all that I want in life.
Whether its water, walking, or eating kale, find what helps keep your body and mind functioning at their best.
About Lisa Pedersen:
As a young girl, Lisa escaped her noisy household to create art. As an adult with a background in psychology and creative arts therapies, she witnessed personally and professionally how painting was a way to capture feelings and thoughts where there were no words. Painting throughout her life and volunteering as an art docent in the public schools has created the platform for Lisa to share her art with the world. Lisa’s favourite medium is acrylic; generally, her paintings are of the contemporary art genre, yet there are times she will break into her “left” brain and paint something photo realistic. She lives by the beach with her husband, sons and dog and dreams of the day she can travel to Australia.
You can see more of Lisa’s art at www.lisapedersenart.com
Lisa also started an Instagram account called @6DegreeArt. If you’d like to participate in this social art experiment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.