Lucy is an artist from Melbourne, Australia who specializes in fine pen and ink drawings. Her work is a light and dark combination of romanticism, fantasy, and natural phenomenon, offering the viewer a contemplation of life’s infinite beauty and mystery.
In this episode, Lucy discusses:
-How her parents built a Waldorf school on their farm and how that influenced her creativity and her style.
-Her first show at the age of 23 and her decision to make art her full-time career.
-The balance between planning and spontaneity.
-How it is actually hard for her to make any major mistakes because of how the work is built up in so many fine layers.
-Some of the forms of resistance that she has dealt with, including self-doubt and self-criticism.
-Dealing with “the gap” between what you know you have the potential to achieve and what you are currently capable of achieving, especially when you are first starting out.
-Making your creativity a habit, like going to the gym.
-Being pulled in many directions when you don’t yet have a strong artistic identity.
-How Resistance is always going to be there, so you just have to learn to live with it.
-The power that can come from simply admitting out loud the Resistances that you are dealing with.
-Her advice for someone that is thinking about potentially diving into his or her first show.
-How she is inspired by Patty Smith.
Lucy’s Final Push will inspire you to take your time to develop your skills, and to also be able to answer that big question of WHY are you pursuing this creative passion?
“Creativity was encouraged but being an artist and doing that as a profession… that was a whole other idea.”
“It’s always a process. I learn from each piece and ask, “What would I do differently next time?”
“Especially when I was starting out, I experienced a lot of self-doubt and self-criticism.”
“I always find it hard to just do the work and be imperfect, especially if I’m trying something new.”
“I see it more as a challenge that I like to take on. Rather than resisting criticism or negative feedback from others, I say “bring it on,” because it is going to help me grow.”
“I view Resistance as something that’s always going to be there. I’ve never gotten rid of it. So my take on it is how can I be better at being with Resistance? Because going to war with it just doesn’t work.”
“It’s really helpful to have someone to talk to who doesn’t buy the bullshit.”