This entry was originally posted on Monday, January 2, 2012.
At the beginning of every workshop and class I would give my students 4 guidelines. Yesterday I told you about my first one, Bless Yourself.
My second guideline is to Separate Yourself From Your Genius.
This suggestion is inspired by a TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love.
After discussing this talk with a fellow artist and friend about our need for perfection in our work, she asked that I include this in my list of guidelines.
Think of yourself as but a vessel for your genius.
Show up and do your job. If your genius doesn’t bother to show up, at least you did and go ahead and paint.
“If the divine cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then “Ole!” -Elizabeth Gilbert