Lately I’ve realized that I’d fallen into a comfort zone with my artwork.
I was getting so comfortable adding fingerprints, dots and swirls to my backgrounds, that when I started to create areas with lots of solid color (inspired by the ocean and sunsets I’ve been seeing), a whole new world opened up.
I found new forms and postures for my characters and uncovered completely different styles for their eyes and faces.
How did I loosen up and step out of my comfort zone?
*I allowed myself to make mistakes.
*I followed all of my wild and crazy ideas.
*I stopped listening to my inner critic.
*I experimented and played to figure out what I loved most. Then when I discovered a new color or supply, I used it again in my next painting.
If you’re looking to loosen up and paint with more freedom, try taking photos of your paintings in-progress. This helped me realize every painting has an ugly stage and any negative self talk completely takes the fun out of creating. It makes me overwork my paintings. But once I realized this happened to me every time, I learned to ignore my inner critic and just let go.