When I sit down to begin on a new painting, I am always so full of inspiration and excitement for the work that lies ahead. Ready to face the challenges unique to the individual artwork I am about to create. This energy is a great way to get a jumpstart to a piece... but it can hit a wall quickly. This usually happens when I get too many ideas, or hit an area that I'm not sure how to fill. This becomes the perfect time to procrastinate a little bit and do some "visual research" via browsing Pinterest, Tumblr, and other such visual inspirations (Click here to read my Inspirations post from last week! WARNING: Heavy image usage ahead!). After spending some time browsing images of some incredible art, and convincing myself that I will be happy no matter the outcome, inspiration strikes again. With my creative energies re-ignited I will get another large portion of the artwork finished. And after that it's just a race to the finish so I can excitedly begin the next one!
My steps to completing a painting:
It can get exhausting being an artist and putting so much energy into our creative process. This is why it is so important to remember to "feed your creative beast" (a phrase I learned at the Right Brainers in Business Video Summit). I do this by taking breaks, having personal projects that I work on along side of "work" projects, and by rewarding myself for work well done. Remembering to fill the creative well back up helps to keep it from running dry which feels like burn-out. Practice, Play, Push and Pace yourself.
Look what I did!
Come back on March 16th for my next Topic!
Here is my (very malleable) schedule for upcoming blog posts:
-March 16th: Featured artist:____________ (tbd)
-March 23rd: ARTicle - TBD...
-March 30th: BIRTHDAY BLOG! (A reflection on 28 years of living a creative life)