Use what you have to get what you want

If only I had those fancy pens, that would definitely make my art better. Then all my problems would be fixed. Right?

No, soz, does not work like that.

Now I know I am not the only person guilty of this, but I do wish I had realised it a lot earlier.

For many years I lived in the mindset of ‘if I had that thing, all my problems would be fixed/my life would be great’. In such a consumer-focused culture this is a way of thinking that can’t be avoided but it doesn’t mean we should believe it, especially for such a long time. Too many years I have blamed my problems on not owning things. Finally, I fought back and stopped thinking this way.

Cheap markers for illustration

Or so I thought, I have recently realised that the past two years I have been blaming not being as good as I want to be in my creative business on not having the right tools ‘if only I had those pens, that desk, that iPad, that iPhone, a studio, the right paper, great ideas, more inspiration, and so on and so on.

What a waste of time, a waste of two perfectly good years that I could have been creating furiously. All along I have had the things that I can use to get what I want (current lust item – iPad Pro please 😉 ) time, me, paper and pens.

I am lucky that I have a crap ton of pens and art supplies, yeah sure they might not be the best quality or the ‘right’ ones/brand but the most important thing is that I have them. These are ones I own and are perfectly good enough to get me where I want to go, and when I get there hopefully I will be good enough to buy the better ones and not waste them because I will know how to use them properly.

The most important thing is to keep creating with what you have, create and create more. And REPEAT! As far as I can see the successful people that I admire and would like to be as successful as, only got there by putting in the work, more work than I can imagine but I am more than capable of putting in the same effort. I can be jealous of their success and apparent constant inspiration all I want, but as the wise man said ‘inspiration exists, but it has to find you working’ – Pablo Picasso.


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Use what you have to get what you want


Emma / Outlaws & Skeletons

Artist/Creative/Marzipan Addict

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