Love what’s Already in You

Yeah, you’re a weirdo, an “Other” or a downright strange bird. Even so, you’re finally accepting that which makes you different, or some of those more endearing quirks but how about this: today, don’t stop at mere acceptance and instead, fully embrace everything about you that is oddball, unique, mysterious…and do your you-est YOU with only the most loving and creative actions, words, and thoughts.

Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…

youR TuRn to DraW!

  • Grab mirror, a pen, and a good-sized sheet of paper and spend 20 minutes (minimum!) today on yourself. Here’s the catch: for at least the first five minutes (set a timer), JUST LOOK. Notice every freckle, revel in the colour of your eyes, concentrate on the shape of your nose… look away now, and starting with your most salient feature, make your self-portrait from memory. Trust yourself, you have seen plenty that’s worth putting to paper. 
  • Wha part of yourself do you rarely admit, or are embarrassed to share? To heck with that, make your weirdness your baby and love it, foster it into being, celebrate it, and then share it on Instagram.   As an example, here is a range of emotions that might be racing through my mind in any random 20 minute sampling of my “normal” experience of living with anxiety:

Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!

ShaRe the LovE

You’ve come this far, now why not

<<<<< click to share your creativity – @beware.of.artists

Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!

Look at hOw Some oTher aRtists lOve what’S inSide

  • Liz Atkin a visual and mental health advocate affected by skin picking disorder, who “creates drawings, photographs and performances reimagining the body-focused repetitive behaviour ”

  • Yinka Shonibare CBE is a British artist who “explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film”.

    Yinka Shonibare MBE in his studio. Image:
  • Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist who often made many intimate self-portraits full of personal symbolism that not only portrayed her likeness, but also expressed her pain, both emotional and physical, that she endured her entire adult life following a car accident at the age of 18.

    The Broken Column, 1944. Image:

What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!

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