Saturday, August 19, 2017

Don't Make Art Harder Than It Needs To Be!

Watercolor - 15x22

I think we are all guilty of making art or creativity more difficult than it needs to be. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the art supplies available, beautiful images on Pinterest, painting blogs and websites that promote their way of being artistic. It is hard not to feel like we are competing with all of the other creative people around us but I have learned that sometimes it is helpful to take a step back and remember a few simple things.

Keep It Simple - You don't need to paint a masterpiece everytime you sit down to create. Just play.     Choose a few colors. Jump right in. Enjoy the process.

Stick With Your Passion - You don't have to be a master at everything. If you love painting sunflowers (like I do), then paint sunflowers. You don't need to make yourself paint something you have no interest in.

Let Your Style Develop - The more you paint, the more your own personal style will develop. Just like your handwriting is unique to you, so is your artistic style. Don't feel like you need to paint like everyone else.

Don't Over Commit - Don't set yourself up for failure by over committing yourself in terms of expectations or time. You don't have to spend hours in the studio or create on a large canvas. Allow yourself to paint small or to use 15 minute segments of your day to be in the studio.

And above all else, don't forget to just relax and have fun!