Five Ways Your Family Gives You the Artistic Edge

With Thanksgiving recently passed, everyone is thinking about their loved ones right about this time.

Basically, they drive you nuts. You experience the highs and lows everyday. You eat at the same table, from the same bowls, out of the same fridge. So you better hope that these people are influencing your art the right way, right?

Truth is, I don't think there's a wrong way your family can influence it (other than saying not to do it, of course).

1. Fuel(The Brain Kind)

They make you want to tear your hair out, but that can fuel your work. They make you feel like you can fly, and that fuels your work. It's a win-win for your creative juices.

2. Kicks (In the Pants)

Family (if they're doing their job right) can provide you with that good old kick in the pants to make sure you stay on track. Procrastination? Fuggetaboutit. Pay those bills or we throw you out next to the dumpster.

3. Slaps (In the Face)

For those moments when you doubt yourself enough to scream, "Why did I choose art?!" Your family will reassure you that you've made the right decision by pledging their undying support. Right after their devotion to Once Upon a Time.

4. Distractions (Bad but Good)

Just as your family will hault your procrastination, they are also looking out for your well being when they say, "You've been upstairs all day, so spend fifteen minutes on dishes." Or play videogames for an hour, or whatever they know you need to stay sane. They may drive you crazy, but that doesn't mean they'll give anyone else the privilege!

5. Childhood Reminders (AKA Timewarps)

If there are kids, either yours or siblings, you get to relive your childhood once and awhile. All it takes is for them to explain the goings-on of school drama. And all artists need that inner child (or Tasmanian Devil) to give their art an edge.

Thank your family for being there for you. They are your personal cheer-leading squad, team, and in some cases, your army. I'm proud to have all three.

Next time you are asked to spend time with them, make sure you do it, and do it with heart.