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Hidden in a Treasure Chest.

So, how often do you start something

only to decide to store it away until the time is right?

Always share the best work you currently have. Never save it for later. – Chris Guillebeau

I read this little sentence in Chris Guillebeau’s newsletter and this sentence is his simple, but powerful tip for any type of art form.

Well, I know for a fact that I don’t always share my work even when I know it’s quite good to share. This isn’t focused on my art alone. It’s also focused on my writing. Everyone keeps scribbles or doodles saved for later use right?

Sketch work, snippets for stories, snippets for blog posts, snippets for my columns, more sketches…all these things I keep hidden in a treasure chest. I should say a folder on my laptop, but a treasure chest sounds way better. I do this so I always have something to fall back to when I need to write a post or need to draw something. It doesn’t matter that I always write or draw something completely different when I have to finish something. In a way, having little gems hidden, makes it easier for me. Whenever I have to use one of these gems, I usually have to re-write or re-draw it. The feelings I captured back then, are often changed when I do want to share it with the world. So back then it probably would have been my ‘best’ work and the timing would’ve been right.

At least, this makes sense in my mind now. When it comes to my work, I am a perfectionist. I can see the tiniest mistakes even though everyone else doesn’t see it. When I started blogging I had to let go of it. I knew that my drawing was far from perfect and I even though I always wanted to create a newer version, I just had to write. I just had to doodle. If I had use this ‘Oh. I just need to change a bit, because it isn’t quite right yet’ mentality, I probably wouldn’t be where I am now.

I’m not saying that I am not insecure whenever I share my art or words. I will always have little butterflies with whatever I share as they are little bits of me that I set loose in the world. Okay. That may or may not sound disturbing.

However the urge to keep on creating and my curiosity wins it from my insecurity and perfectionism. I know that I always will have a treasure chest filled with unfinished work. Some things really need to simmer before it’s unleashed to the world and some ideas I just want to get on paper. It mustn’t get too crowded in my mind now. Most important thing is, that I am learning to let go of being too much of a perfectionist as things won’t ever be as perfect as I have in my mind.

And you know what, I am okay with that.

 

Originally published on November 4th, 2011 on TJ on Illustrations

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Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. View My Profile

  • Cher Duncombe

    I love this illustration, TJ! I also admire the thought you put into how and when you will use it. You have given us a glimpse into an artist’s mind and it is wonderful seeing the process through your eyes. 🙂

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    • Hello Cher! I drew this for a little boy who loves pirates. He uses it as a door sign haha. Thanks so much 🙂 I’m glad that ramblings from my brain make sense for you all haha. xoxo!

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  • I hear you, TJ. I’m very insecure about my writing — not my blog posts, but my books. I’m so worried about them being perfect and the hard judgement I’ll get if they’re not. Still, I know I’ll have to take the plunge sooner or later. It’s hard, though!

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    • Hello! Ah when I started blogging on A Look in a Creative Mind, I was insecure, this isn’t the case anymore as I just ramble. For articles I write here, the more serious ones, I can be a tad nervous before I publish them. In the end you just need to stop worrying and take the plunge indeed! You are an awesome writer, Janene. I can’t wait for your books to be published!! 🙂

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  • Lovely TJ. Creative people are curious in nature but there is always a little insecurity that tags along. I am proof of that. But your line “However the urge to keep on creating and my curiosity wins it from my insecurity and perfectionism.” is so true 🙂

    Can’t wait for the next little treasure you share with us.

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    • Yay! Thanks so much, Katy. I think a bit of insecurity can keep you grounded as well? Preventing you from getting a big head? I don’t know haha. I don’t know what else is hidden in the treasure chest, but I shall share them with you!!

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  • I get really uneasy each time I release a new article! It’s funny because I was just telling someone the other day that the articles my audience responds to the best are the articles I’m “Meh” about prior to posting. I think sometimes we tend to be our own worst critics.

    I think it’s nice to strive for perfection, but to understand that things may change along the way. It has been speculated that Da Vinci suffered from paralysis, and that is why the Mona Lisa went unfinished. Look at what a highly regarded piece of work it is! Sometimes we need to just put things out into the universe even when they aren’t quite finished.

    Loved this piece 🙂

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    • Aah I am definitely my worst critic in writing and drawing. But like you said, articles and drawings that I am MEH about, get the best reactions. I wonder why that is though.

      The Mona Lisa can cause endless discussions indeed! I never knew about the paralysis speculation! So interesting. I wish I could peek in Da Vinci’s brain now!

      Thanks so much! So glad you liked this piece 🙂

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  • TJ, I think someone went crazy with the poky objects… they all have eye patches! Or maybe they drank so much rum that they kept hitting each other in the eye with the bottle 🙂
    I love that picture TJ!

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    • Dan! Ahoooooy 🙂 Almost overlooked your comment!

      I think you are right! I didn’t even realize that they all have eye patches haha. Hmmm I wonder what happened as well now. It could be the latest pirate trend? However, maybe they had a fight about the last rum bottle and kept hitting each other until one recalled the hidden rum stock under the third wooden plank next to the canons!

      Thanks so much 🙂

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