It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else. ~Henri Matisse
Sometimes we tend to overthink things and other times we need to let it flow. When we put too much thought into a work, we have a tendency to not work because we (deep down) doubt our ability to put all our ideas onto the canvas successfully.
Ultimately, I believe this comes from perfectionism....and there is no such thing. Often we hear the phrase an artists work is never done. This is why I think it exists. No one is or ever will be perfect.
The best thing for us when we have doubt is to push through. It will always work out and often times even better than we had originally 'planned.'
And that's the problem. In life the more we plan, no matter what it is, the more we are disappointed because we will never have control over anything. The following are steps we can take to become out of control.
1) Have a special art spot (or several like I do). I have a spare room dedicated to my art and still use every where else to work. For example, my dining room table, my living room and even the kitchen. The room merely holds some art supplies. Creativity can arise at the spur if the moment so be ready.
2) Make things readily available. I have purchased carts to hold paints, brushes and other supplies. I found one at my local thrift store for $10! Another man's trash is another man's treasure. I use carts because they can be moved around easily.
3) Study Up. I FINALLY found a book on mixed media that gave me step by step instructions. It's my favorite book and it's called, 'Create Your Life Book,' by Tamara LaPorte! I know there is YouTube. Let's face it...I am old school.
4) Be childlike-Color Outside the Lines! Knowing that mistakes can be the best thing to happen. Ever see a kid not enjoy art? Very rare and that's usually been projected on them from someone else.
Now, go and have fun! Please share your tips, thoughts and work in the comments below.
In the photos you can see a couple pieces I did from the book (along with my niece). Look how different they are when we followed same instructions!