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Diary of a Deauxp Black Artist #2

August 9, 2017


True Life: I want to burn all of my paintings.


Alright alright, that's a little extreme, but I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my sh*t.  As of late,  I've been having a hard time selling my original art and as a result my belief in my abilities is waning. I feel my work is so bad, I might as well just throw it away. It's become such a thorn in my side that I've pretty much stopped painting all together because why paint if no one is going to purchase? 


Aha! "Why?" Is the question I need to ask myself. 


Why do I create?

Why would I rather give up than keep trying?

What haven't I already thrown in the towel?


I can't quite answer all of these at the moment, but I do know I set out to create art that could uplift and empower people of color and I can't just stop because I'm in my feelings. 


This season of self doubt will pass, I'm sure of it. I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel so I'm hanging in there; doing my best to focus on my mission.


What do you do when you're feeling defeated or just plain down on yourself/ your abilities/ your work?

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