When I’m struggling to be loose in my art, I take a step away. This makes me stop and look around, so I’m not so focused on painting something perfect.
Then I can get out of my head and paint from my heart, which always makes my artwork more appealing.
My entire process is all about play. But the other day I was painting at my easel (which always makes me take myself too seriously) and I just couldn’t let go. I needed to return to having fun, so I made some chai tea with almond milk, then spread out a bunch of white canvases on the floor and started making a mess.
Every painting I create begins with a colorful background. My intention is always to experiment and have fun covering up the blank canvas. This helps me stay free and loose so I can be less intimidated once I add my character, especially the eyes and face.
It’s not so much that I’m super bold and brave with my paintings. It’s more that when fear and doubt creep up (which they always do), I don’t stop.
Instead, I start to play. Then my creativity is free.