|Additional entries to the Choose Your Own Adventure challenge|
I've updated the list to include several people who for one reason or another didn't make it into the initial Saturday reveal. My apologies for the difficulties on my end! I'm listing the additions in this post as well.
Allowing yourself the adventureIn my opinion, part of what made the Choose Your Own Adventure challenge such a delight was the sheer diversity of styles and talents. We had everyone from people playing with freeform peyote for the first time through seasoned masters showcasing their art and craft. At all levels, I saw an overabundance of creativity, curiosity and play.
But what I saw behind the scenes made me a little sad. As one of the hosts of this challenge, I fielded quite a few emails from people who weren't sure their work was up to snuff to be included. Every piece they referred to had something wonderful to recommend it. But even if it didn't, even if it was a complete and total disaster (which none were), the most important thing would have been that they explored the medium. And maybe, with a little luck, they enjoyed the process.
There's a quote in her wonderful book, The Artist Way, where Julia Cameron reminds us that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing badly'. What I believe she's saying here is:
1) Don't compare yourself to the masters when your just getting started. It's not fair to you, it's not fair to your work. And frankly, it's not fair to the people who've put in the time and effort to become masters.
2) If it's something you feel passionate about, then Go For It! Don't worry about whether your first piece is perfect; it doesn't matter. What matters is that you're doing, trying, learning. Everything gets easier with practise. So if the first whatever it is doesn't turn out right, try again. And keep trying. Because the corallary to 'Anything worth doing is worth doing badly' would obviously be something along the lines of 'Anything worth doing is worth putting in the effort until you can do it well'.
This is a reminder to myself as well. What would I be willing to try if I didn't have to do it perfectly?