On Fear: Cover Artist Llewellyn Krastev

Issue 04 Cover Artist Llewellyn Krastev wants you to know that fear should never hold you back. Read her answers to some of our most poignant questions below.

In moments of self-doubt, how do you build yourself back up?

I go through and think of where I came from. Using wall paint on my pieces and painting everything white. Can you imagine me doing that? If you look back and see progression in your work, see how you are slowly learning, perfecting each technique then you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

What’s the biggest overall lesson you’ve learned while running your business?

Probably to overcome my fear and just go for it. That has been a huge part of my success as well. I was so afraid to paint my first scene, terrified. I am so glad I fought past it and found my passion in art. If I had given into it I would not be where I am today, or nearly as happy as painting and my art has made me. My own personal therapy.

What so-called mistake has taught you the most?

Holding myself back. Fear held me back for a long time. Fear of failure. I have definitely had to learn how to push past all of that.

“Don’t let fear get in the way of creating. Sometimes you may fail and paint it over. But that is ok and part of the learning process. Just getting that brush out and going for it is a success in itself.”

Llewellyn Krastev is our cover artist and the owner and artist behind Worn to Whimsy. Follow her creative journey on Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

Read Issue 04 of The Turquoise Iris Journal to hear more from Llewellyn!

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