Are you as stubborn as I am?
For my last assignment of my online watercolor class (https://sondra-holtzman.squarespace.com) I need to do my own painting. "Easy-peasy," I thought.
First, I had to find a subject. Everywhere I looked, I looked with too critical of an eye. Nothing suited. Finally, I went through all my nature photos and found a frog. I decided to try painting that, but I left my first attempt unfinished. (I didn’t even take a photo.)
I found myself in a full-bore artist’s block, struggling with my own perceived lack of ability.
Instead of giving up entirely, I sat down and started drawing with paper and pencil: an easy, relaxing activity for me. As a practicing artist, I knew getting away from the block would help me get over it.
This week, I tried painting again. First, I reworked the frog. Still not very satisfactory, but the process got me going – not overthinking so much, just letting the process work itself through.
Then I painted a dried, curled-up leaf. Better:
I’m still not at the final painting yet, but that will come sometime soon. What has all this to do with stubbornness? What I know about myself as an artist, doesn’t always translate into my other life situations. Sometimes, I get stuck, like all of us do, and it becomes hard to move on or to see beyond the momentary place I am in. I can’t fathom what I could do to accept or change my situation. I need to remember what I do with artwork: take a rest, try something else, tell myself, “This is the best I can do right now,” come back. Another tip as an artist: splatters and dribbles help!
What do you do to move away from being stuck?