I’ve had some time off from painting because summer with teens is busy and I’ve had knee surgery and other stresses. But now I’m on the mend, and school starts soon, but when will painting start? HMMMMM…. that is the big question I’ve been asking myself for a week now, as I find time to mop the kitchen floor, organize cabinets, etc.
Does any of this sound familiar? I bet I’m not the only artist to feel like this.
In the organization, I found a handwritten note that I had made and then lost, and I want to share it with you. It’s tips on how to get back into the groove, Here are three that I got by listening to this art motivational podcast by Alyson Stanfield: https://www.artbizblog.com/reboot-podcast/
- Show UP! Physically get into the studio, wet your paints, plan your colors, and just PAINT!
- Have low expectations…. be your own best friend to whom you would say, of course you won’t do well right out of the gate…you have to warm up.
- Remember your “learning edge” or what excites you to learn. work on that, as if you are painting for the bin or garbage can.
So how did this work for me? I showed up today, I worked on a piece that I was already not happy with and had put masa paper on top to have a fresh start with background colors coming through, and I remembered to squint to see values. I’m excited by delicate flowers, especially desert ones, so this project worked to get me rebooted today. I like how the masa paper which is a Japanese thin paper that puts a texture down helps the delicate blossom effect. And what I found is that I LOVE putting paint on paper. that’s the thing I need to remember when I get out of the groove again.
I also used to paint from computer screens thinking that it’s better to be able to zoom in, but I’ve found that I prefer painting by referring to a printed photo.
So, what works to get you back into the groove? any tips you can share? I’d love to hear some…thank you for stopping by today!