Today’s Show Your Work chapter had profound words. I have read this book for the fourth time. I’m listening to podcasts. They are all about surrender. Ok so what are these words?
THE FIRST STEP IS TO STOP TRYING
I’ll discover a new artist. Then think of how I can repaint it. For example last night it was Carrie Schmitt? Her color is beautiful. How she paired beautiful blooms with a peacock, awesome. How can I paint them? I could apply my favorite colors? Express how nature makes me feel. Stop trying to paint. Just paint. Pay attention to what inspires me. It could be fabric at Joanne’s or Top Shop’s window display. Flowers are a popular surface design.
The problem starts when I hold these ideas too close. I try an paint that way. That never works. EVER. For one I am me. I paint like me. I paint much better when I simply paint. Besides I have my own painitng skills. So I’ll stop painting like others, or feeling the need too. I leave out the pencil and paint.
Did I paint this with my left hand? Yes. Sometimes practice feels endless and nowhere. You show up. You create. Sure you have fun. You make a mess. What to do with tones you mixed up? You have an idea. You go for it. Some days you paint a bunch of nothings. The next day your on fire. Then there are sporadic moments when you see a color, texture or a composition and you’re inspired to combine the ideas that didn’t work. Oh but when you’re about to throw it out you suddenly realize you can make it work. Yes out of practice comes good…