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Quieting that Critical Voice so I Can Play and Feed My Soul

Dare to let yourself play! How I quiet that critical voice in my head.It’s not always easy to play but it is always soul nourishing when I do! What makes it hard to play some days?  My inner critic.  That critical voice in my head.

I stood in my studio, stuck.  Totally unable to decide what to do. Then Funky Town, the Pseudo Echo version from the Awesome 80’s, came on.  I turned up the volume and I went with the impulse that was dancing around in my head.  I wanted to draw a funky town.

Dare to let yourself play! How I quiet that critical voice in my head.

 

Immediately… that critical voice of my inner critic said, but you really don’t draw “good” buildings.  At that moment I had a choice. I dared to play.  It was a risk, I was letting myself be vulnerable.  It is just paper and paint but to my soul it is so much more.

As I created the buildings, their shapes weren’t “proper” according to my inner critic.  I dared to keep going.

 

Dare to let yourself play! How I quiet that critical voice in my head.As I drew in the windows,that critical voice said they were chaotic and “wrong”.  I dared to leave them there.

The more I ignored that inner critic, the freer I felt.  The freer I felt, the more I could just act on impulse and get lost in the moment.

As I added colors and words, my inner critic said I didn’t do it “right”.  I no longer cared what that voice had to say.Dare to let yourself play! How I quiet that critical voice in my head.

Dare to let yourself play! How I quiet that critical voice in my head.As I drew the stars in the Gelli printed sky, the voice quickly pointed out that they looked awkwardly placed.  I dared to accept them just as they were.

 

Within 15 minutes from start to finish, Funky Town was done.  I was happy and my inner critic was powerless because I dared to play.

This is one very imperfect piece of art but a very perfect piece of play.  Never miss any of the play – sign up for my  free newsletter!

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  • alice February 15, 2015, 2:33 pm

    haha! in one of our facebook groups we just addressed our inner critics. timely post! so glad to know we all have inner critics.

  • Ruth L February 15, 2015, 3:52 pm

    Carolyn, I just want to let that inner critic guy of yours know that I adore your buildings, indeed very funky they are (a new stencil maybe 🙂 ).

  • Von February 15, 2015, 4:12 pm

    I am so glad you don’t know how to draw houses well because these are simply delightful Carolyn!!! Love your spontaneous play! 🙂

  • Corrine February 16, 2015, 5:54 pm

    I always live in Funky town thankfully. Love your version, let’s hang out for a dance and a cocktail and chat over freedom. xox