Yianni Stamas on Art Gush:
You are invited to join Art Gush, the website collective that takes on the tough questions about art and artists.
We begin to think self-defeating thoughts and we can’t shake those societal myths about how art isn’t practical, how artists are just neurotics, how we’ll never make money from art, how you need to be trained in art, that we’re too old to get started and we left it too late, or that we’re a fraud. We come to believe these things are true but they aren’t.
We already know that irrational fears and beliefs are killing our creativity, but do we know which fears and beliefs are responsible?
There was a time in our lives when it seemed blocking and avoiding was all that we did. The Creative Block was just one of the problems with this. It was nothing but a symptom and not the underlying cause.
This syndrome seems to be associated with fears relating to situations where we could be rejected, betrayed, criticised, persecuted or hurt. These alarming fears cause us to become more avoidant than ever before in all areas of our life. It isn’t something that only affects our art and creativity.
That’s why we formed Art Gush. To give artists a way to escape the pain – a safe place to be. And ultimately members take their artistic careers to the next level.
But members are not solely focused on gaining money, property, or even prestige. They define success as doing something they find fulfilling and creative every day. They even consider promotion to be a creative art.
Two of the biggest banes of the creative soul are procrastination and avoidance. The good news is there is now support out there for people who are eager to create but seem unable to even get started on a project, stay on course with one, and complete it – much less begin promoting themselves and their art.
Far too many artistic people grow up in an atmosphere on invalidation – they are told that their art will never get them anywhere. It leaves us feeling ambivalent about our art and expressing ourselves.
It seemed like we would do anything, whether it was a conscious or unconscious action, to avoid doing the one thing that could really make us happy – doing something creative.
We begin to take ourselves away from the artistic world within us by investing in areas of our lives, our relationships, and our work activities in ways that are incompatible with our true artistic purpose.
The creative energy that we should be feeling is instead locked behind a wall of anger, despair, depression, and obsessive compulsive behavior. It leads to us damaging our lives by blocking out the significant relationships we have from our lives – whether they be professional, personal, love, or family relationships.
We begin to feel intimidated by the success of other artists. Our hearts and minds become filled with a range of emotions including envy, fear, jealousy, self-pity, resentment, and perfectionism. All of this just works to block our creativity. We begin to feel that we are unworthy of any success; whether it is the success we’ve already had or just wish we had.
At that point we really begin to feel unsafe. We become afraid that we will be a target for criticism, harm, and rejection. We shrink into ourselves and become invisible. We constantly tread the border of beginning to create; forever trapped in Avoidant Phobic Syndrome.
We start to feel that our art is divorced from reality. We deny ourselves the right to go out there and live our dreams. We start to forget that artist, just like everybody else, have a right to work in the way that they want and deserve to enjoy the success and happiness that comes with it.
We doubt that we could even earn any money for our art. It’s made more difficult as we are unable to even put a monetary value on our art. This causes us to quickly become overwhelmed by the idea of living off our art. It becomes an insurmountable task with everything you need to think about.
We end up denying that we have a responsibility to develop and realize our abilities. We constantly switch between staying true to ourselves or not. We become afraid to make the changes and sacrifices that we need to in order to realize our dreams.
Time quickly becomes unmanageable. It becomes “impossible” to stay on top of our projects and so we just sabotage them instead. We had a dream of working for art but were unsure about how to make it happen. The process becomes infuriating and we get impatient. We forget that the results come when creativity wants them to and not when we want them to.
We even become afraid of our creative energy and begin to mistrust our creative instincts. We lose the spiritual awareness and forget that we are supposed to be channels for the Infinite Creative Process.
What we should be doing is using the tools we have to bring our art to life. Positive disciplines like this will allow us to live every day like the artists we know we truly are.
We come to believe that we are artists and identify ourselves as such. These positive statements will affirm our commitment to the artistic gifts we have.
We start to subscribe to newsletters like “NYC Make a Difference” and watch videos such as those at Art Gush. We read through the new three steps daily and learn more about the Art Gush program.
We work through these three daily steps and find ourselves a creative confidant who can emotionally and artistically support us. We call on these partners to help us as we recover.
We speak with our confidant daily to ensure that we are following the steps we need to live up to our creative potential. This action partner can be someone in your field or it may be someone unrelated to it.
We let go of rage, we stop the obsessive compulsive behavior, we forget about power-plays and being dramatic. Instead we discover the many great ways we can express and nurture our creativity. We stay with the facts and we stay in the now. We do no harm either to ourselves or to others.
Sobriety in arts means taking five minutes a day to do something artistic while following the three daily steps. Just five minutes a day is all it takes to keep your art alive.
We hold on to our humble spirit that stops us from giving in to grandiosity, low self-esteem and isolation. We use our tools to learn how to work through problems. The program is designed to encourage artistic expression and teaches us to nurture that spirt in other people, no matter their sex, age, race, religion or culture.
The only thing you need to do to get involved and become a member is have a desire to live up to your creative potential and express yourself creatively.
When we provide you with feedback we focus on how the art affects the mind and heart of the viewer. We encourage you to evoke emotions rather than how you can win the approval of someone else.
This is the beginning of recovery – this is Art Gush…