My Name Is Sara And I Have No Idea What I’m Doing


My name is Sara and I have no idea what I‘m doing.

When I moved to Australia from the UK at age 18 I had no idea what I was doing.

When I decided to become an artist I had no idea what I was doing.

But I can tell you why I’m doing it.

Art is more than an escape to me. It is something I can safely surrender to; it is beyond part of me; It is like an inexplicable force that I can tap into at will, kind of like my ‘Super Power’. Creating and art is as important to me as your right arm or left leg, I also need it as much. Art is something that I runaway and frolic into since the first time I picked up a pencil and drew all over the walls (my mum was so impressed-not). It’s my bubble and it’s the best bubble.

I rarely have a plan when I start creating, I actually only have two artworks that were planned. I generally let the canvas and brush do the talking.  I am just a mere vessel to get the job done.

It took me a long, long while to be ok with the way I create art. When I first stepped into the madness of the art world I didn’t realise how much the way I create would be ridiculed. I was told because of this I would never be taken seriously as an artist and I would get nowhere. I was made to feel ashamed. I followed the advice of the gallery owners and the art patricians and took on art lessons and did things the “correct” way.

I learnt valuable techniques during the art lessons, but I hated been told there were certain ways to do things. Words of the art patricians rang in my ears and I bent to do it the “right” way.

Idea, Background, Foreground. That colour doesn’t go with this colour. MUST HAVE THE IDEA FIRST. MUST KNOW WHAT I AM DOING – MUST KNOW WHAT I AM DOING.

I began to feel a bit soulless and perhaps my art reflected it? I needed to wake up to myself and learn this momentous lesson.

It is ok to not have any idea what you are going to create when you embark on a new project. It will open many doors and possibilities for you. As soon as I embraced the way I do things my art grew a beautiful strong soul and I felt more determined, confident and rebellious. I became more successful and will keep being successful. Having zero idea of what or how you are doing something will bring you a brand new freedom and it’s deliciously alluring. Having no idea what you are about to step into is often the best idea you can have.

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Author: Sara Firth
Email: sara@sarafirthart.com
Author Bio: A UK native living down-under, Sara is a passionate visual artist creating bold unapologetic artwork. When her head is not in a sketch book they are in the clouds as her feet wander the rainforest floor. Sara is a lover of nature, mystery and glitter.
Link to social media or website: http://www.sarafirthart.com


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