Who inspires me. #SoulfulSunday

Being an artist is as tough as anything else. When you see a work of art and exclaim at its beauty, you fail to recognise the amount of time and effort the artist must have spent dragging themselves to their desk to make it. For, it’s not everyday that the artist must feel energetic and enthusiastic about creating something.

There must be days, when life comes in the way with all its varied moods and drives away the mood to paint. There must be days, when ennui sets in; when the body complains, and so does the mind; when the dreaded Artist’s Block drops in and the mind, that was brimming with ideas, now feels lethargic and blank.

There must be days, when the morale is low, as is the confidence that what they do must make a difference to someone’s life. And, there must be days, when creating art must be the last thing on their mind, what with other important things take up the space.

Appreciation of a work of art, or buying a work of art is something that comes easily to just a blessed few, as I have experienced. It’s these blessed souls who recognise the talent, the hard work, the highs and the lows, the frustration and the desperation the artist goes through to make that one piece of art that has an impact on their mind.

Sharing my art on social media has brought me close to such people who leave behind such heartening comments that speak volumes of how much they must understand what an artist goes through.

Self-doubt, perfectionism, the desperation to make an impact so that their art helps them make a living, and the fear of missing out if they fail to show up every single day. I have faced all of these since the time I took up art seriously, but it’s just because of those blessed souls who appreciate the talent and the creativity that I have been able to last all these days.

On days, when my mind and body refuse to co-operate with me, it’s the words of these souls that cheer me up and get me back on track. And, to them, I will be eternally grateful.



This post has been written for #SoulfulSunday. Do join in and have some fun writing just for yourself! 

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

5 thoughts on “Who inspires me. #SoulfulSunday

  1. You are blessed to have the love and appreciation from all these wonderful people, Shilpa, who, as you say, have become the reason that encourages you to create more art and sustain yourself, every day. It’s good to fall back on the kind words from those who encourage us but I think it’s also good to have the conviction within oneself and to still go on creating art every day, even when the applauds are not obvious. You are an artist and nobody can take that away from you ever.
    Kudos for the great work you do, Shilpa! Keep at it and chin up girl!! You’re talented and you ought to know that success will be yours. Stay focussed on your goals, dear! You will be unstoppable!!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Esha…your words keep me going! Yes, I know I am an artist, but sometimes it’s words by others that one needs to keep going, esp when life seems tough and art, impossible.

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  2. You are absolutely right, Shilpa. A positive feedback lifts our spirit and gives us the courage to try again and perfect our creative endeavor. I am blogging only because some kind souls were generous enough to read my posts and leave such wonderful comments behind. Those comments helped me to keep coming back with more posts.
    We need these encouragements from our peers to keep moving forward.
    By the way, when I admire your artwork, I do appreciate the hard work that went behind it as well. I believe anyone who admires an artwork appreciates the effort that took to create a piece. Those who can’t understand that effort are clearly who don’t appreciate art, be it in any form, as well/ And there is no point in trying to convince them about the hard work.
    Keep working on your art, Shilpa. We love them! 🧡

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  3. I hear you, Shilpa It is not easy to turn up on the art table on days when there feels no motivation or encouragement or no economics to carry on. At the same time, faith in one’s art and capabilities and a never-giving-up attitude are necessary too. I am glad to learn there are wonderful people in your life who make your effort worthwhile with their appreciative comments and messages. I must ask you to do one important favour to yourself – Don’t let self-doubt creep in. You are talented and inspiring to many. I drew inspiration from you when I started colouring and later when I kept on going with crochet.

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