creating with ninja mind skills
The first part of creating a design is to get the idea on paper, in all its messiness and imperfection and sometimes downright ugliness. This is both the most exciting and potentially disappointing part of creating art, because it could be the greatest piece of work ever made – or the worst. And if it's the worst then I might just listen to what my defeatist mind tells me – that I'm a terrible artist and I should pack it up and go home.
And that would be really sad, because there is nothing I want to do more with my life than make pretty patterns (and raise my son Lars).
So I've had to develop some ninja mind skills to defeat the defeater inside. And this is what I've learned: the antidote to defeatist thinking is to prove it wrong – to wield the sword (or pen) of powerful creativity and make more art. It's to tell my own mind "thanks for sharing ... now shut up because I have work to do."
And it works every time. Because creativity begets creativity. And being creative proves to your stinking little negative thoughts that you are a powerful art-ninja not to be messed with. And there is no negative little thought on this earth that can stand up to that – even if it's the ugliest thing you've ever made. So let's get out there and make some art! Let's banish the defeater and get busy creating! Are you with me art-ninjas?!
I'll be right there, as soon as I finish this drawing ...