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How A TikTok Artist Inspired Me To Not Take Art So Seriously

A lot of times, I expect my artwork to be these extravagant, perfect pieces. If a line doesn’t look right, I’ll redraw it ten more times. If my hand moves during a paint stroke, I’ll start with a brand new canvas.

I’ve learned, though, through other artists, that art doesn’t have to be clean cut and precise. It can be messy, where you just paint whatever comes to your head and let the paint brush detail your thoughts and emotions. A specific artist (found through TikTok) that has helped me come to this revelation is Bella Hurlbut. She is a relatable 23 year old that captures certain feelings perfectly in her art work. Her pieces are beautifully messy and abstract, showing that good art doesn’t have to be intensely realistic and strict. Her website and username is called “Be Kind Bella,” which I love. Her colors are vibrant, and her messages in her paintings detail the human experience, showing that it is okay to be sensitive, soft, and gentle in this world.

Bella has inspired me probably more than any artist I have seen, which speaks volumes. I have become obsessed with her style and how well she encapsulates the feelings that her, me, and many others share.

I decided to take on the project of not only painting in her style, but letting myself paint and create loosely and freely.

Examples of Bella’s work: