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Regaining Confidence in Painting

Sketching and drawing in pen and ink. Going to color the ink with watercolor washes.

It’s been a trying two weeks for me. I think because I’m engaging in creating art each day more than I ever have in the past two or three years. It’s exciting, challenging, disheartening, encouraging, and exhausting.

I decided at the spur of the moment to start painting again consistently not that long ago, and after completing the first one in a while (a few months), I could tell my skills were a bit rusty…the painting was definitely missing something. It seemed too contrived, too forced, too rigid.

I had gotten out of the habits I had forged as a painter, and I felt unsure of myself. And it showed in the art.

Getting Back into the Creative Saddle

Spontaneous painting coming along.

After coming to the realization that I’ve fallen out of the saddle (well, maybe just off-balanced and slipped to the side), I decided to switch up my medium. I’ve been sketching like crazy. Focusing on draftsmanship has given me back some of my confidence and makes me look forward to doing art EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! And I feel more inspired than I have since I started.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Pablo Picasso

Picasso was right. The more I work, even when I don’t want to or I feel that everything I’m doing is crap, the easier it becomes to believe I can create, to believe that yes, I am an artist.

In addition to actively making art a part of my daily routine, I think that really paying attention to the other parts of the daily routine is also feeding my creativity. I have a lot of chores to do around the house every day. Especially since we moved into our present house only a few months ago, there is always something that needs to be done. Greenhouse to be prepared, chickens to feed and water, dishes to wash, lawn to mow, trees to cut, trees to plant.

Physical labor that is sweaty or repetitive is often thought of as drudgery. But if you get into a groove, the work becomes almost zen-like, and the time for working becomes a time for thinking also. Sitting and painting for five hours is all well and good, but it’s important to avoid being completely sedentary too–for the sake of your mental health and the white matter of your brain 🙂

I’ll leave you with one more quote:

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Etsy Shop Reopening

Also, I’ve reopened my Etsy shop if anyone is interested in purchasing prints or notecards. I’ll be putting a few of my ink/watercolor originals up for sale soon!

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