I’ve been painting nearly every day for over ten years. This has given me some time to figure out my style and flow. Yet I still get stuck and frustrated.
What’s helped me the most is taking progress photos of my paintings. This way I can see what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve done right, so I’m not so afraid to cover up my artwork and take chances.
So often I need to look back at my own process and remember that it took a ton of layers to get to the finished painting (which happens pretty much every time).
Lately I’ve been inspired to create these female characters with wild hair and bold colors (I just can’t stop painting them). But I’ve been needing to find little ways to devlop and evolve my style, so I’ve been getting really stuck.
Having photos of my progress to look back on helps me to understand what worked and what didn’t, where I’ve gone to far and how I got to a finished painting I love. Then I can use these ideas for my next piece. Things may not turn out the same way, but at least the inspirations and process is in my library of techniques that I can pull from whenever I get frustrated or overwhelmed.
For me, it’s all about having these easy ways to stay inspired as I paint, so I can let go and be loose without the pressure of everything having to be perfect.