So often I get stuck with my paintings.
I’d been feeling really impatient with my paintings. I felt that if I didn’t finish a piece within a few days, the time that I had spent creating was not worthwhile.
My paintings always take lots of layers before I can get to anything I like and really let go. But I started to find that I was putting off going into the studio because painting seemed too difficult. I just couldn’t get out what I needed to and never liked what I would end up painting.
I had lost my joy in creating.
To get my joy back, I promised myself I would create every day.
At first, I ended up with a lot of abstracts. Sometimes I’d work on the same canvas for days – laying down new colors, experimenting with different supplies and then covering things up again.
It felt like I was just messing around. But what it all led to was having fun again.
Little by little, creating something every day took the seriousness out of painting. I played and made beautiful mistakes. This made me open up to new color combinations, art supplies and characters.
And, most of all, I remembered just how much I love creating and need that in my life – every day – even if I don’t end up with a finished painting… I just LOVE making a mess and having paint on my hands.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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