When I’m at a creative block, I have to turn off my inner critic and let go. But so often that’s way easier said than done.
A few days ago I was painting and I started getting really negative about my art.
My first thought was, “I’m bored with my paintings.”
Then I thought, “All of my paintings are looking ugly or the same. I can’t paint anything new.”
While I knew not to listen to these thoughts, I still kept trying to paint my perfect face. Something new and different. I scratched over the eyes at least ten times. And then I felt defeated.
Finally I got so frustrated that I started splattering and dripping inks over the entire painting. It turned into such a muddy mess.
I really wished I hadn’t kept pushing and trying so hard, but sometimes it takes ruining a painting to remind myself not to do it again (and again). Then I can remember not to take myself or my paintings too seriously and have more fun with my art.
This is a project in my online art class ENCHANTED – SOULFUL EYES AND FACES. In this video preview you’ll see how I use collage materials along with mixed media supplies to make my character and background fit together.
One of my favorite ways to play and cover up what I don’t like in my art, is to add gorgeous paper. This helps me be loose and paint with more freedom in my art.
If you’d like to have more fun with your paintings, especially eyes and faces, click HERE for all of the details on my online art class ENCHANTED – SOULFUL EYES AND FACES. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to paint loosely and whimsically (and have more fun).