Even the brilliant artist Henri Matisse felt insecure at times...

Barb Toland Art Quotes

I find it hard to believe that popular, innovative & highly creative artist Henri Matisse felt insecure at times about his art. But this quote, captured in one of his diaries, leaves no doubt that he did...


Can you imagine, that someone so artistically brilliant could feel this way?

I'm going to go out on a limb here, and guess that because his work WAS extremely innovative, and therefore different from the "art of the times" that perhaps this insecurity came from the enormous courage it took for him to follow his unique creative calling.

But that's just it, really. Isn't it?

Courage to go outside of our comfort zone in any creative endeavor is quite risky, and one becomes filled with a bit of agony over whether their work will be understood & accepted.

Deep down in our bones, whether we'll admit it or not - all artists want to feel validated. Heard. Understood.

So therein lies the rub...

Do you risk following the siren call of your creative muse no matter where the road might lead? Of do you play it safe & stay in the lane that is most widely accepted by the masses?

You all know by now what lane I keep swerving into lol.

And whether you're an art collector or creator, I sincerely hope you spend much of your precious time, money & wall space swerving into that lane too!

I'm a firm believer in boldly stepping outside of one's comfort zone at the risk of "failing". Intuitively following the creative path that brings us deep joy & meaning, is the very thing that our heart needs in order to bloom into a rare & gorgeous flower!

And there is no doubt that I find it extremely comforting that a famous artist as brilliant as Henri Matisse felt the same darn way. Yes, knowing his art was "different" filled him with doubts...

But it did not stop him! And that's where he found the magic.

Ok, now it's your turn...

Whether you're a collector, creative or both - have you found the courage to buy or make art that speaks to your heart regardless of it's "popularity"?

Have you gone out on a limb, and felt like OMG, what am I doing out here?!!!!

If so, I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below! The more we chat about art & creativity, the more we feel liberated to develop our unique, one-of-a-kind creative voice ;-)

P.S. If you click on the comment box, you'll see a bunch of symbols. The one that looks like a picture, when clicked, will allow you to upload images. So if you've got art work that you feel especially brave in buying or making, please upload it & share with us ... we will support you all the way!!!

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