MYSTERY. 11 x 14″ on canvas. (SOLD)
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Lately, I’ve been painting so many owls that I started to feel bored with my artwork.
I tried to paint something new with this piece. And that’s what made me almost stop painting all together.
Often when I step out of my comfort zone and try something new, I quickly get frustrated. I expect that new thing to be perfect right away. I think it should fall into place just as before.
But that doesn’t happen.
It takes figuring out what I like again and getting rid of the parts I don’t like before I even begin to get close to something new that can propel me forward.
That’s the only way I can really continue to develop my style.
For this lion, I tried out new colors like a bold cadmium yellow background, using an oil paintstick.
When I couldn’t stand the yellow, I wanted to cover up the entire painting with white paint. But I stopped myself.
I’ve realized that sometimes I hold myself back when I get too uncomfortable with my artwork and just go back to painting the same way I did before.
So instead, I took a step back and looked at what I liked and what I didn’t like in the painting. I found that I actually loved the color on the body, so I knew I should keep that and do more. The bits of color left in the lion’s mane also made me happy, so I kept those too.
Then I knew I wanted to cover up the yellow, so I did it with my favorite color blue, redefining the lion’s mane as I went and keeping all of the bright colored bits I loved so much.
I titled this painting as a reminder that sometimes the most meaning can be found in those moments I most resist.
I hope this post inspires you to step out of your comfort zone and keep creating. Of course, if you have your own tips or tricks to share on letting go and getting over creative blocks — I’d love to hear that too! I will be sure to look for your comments and suggestions in the comments of this post.
Ps. I share lots of whimsical animal painting projects like this one in my How To Create Whimsical Animals online class.
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