Whether you are starting a painting for the very first time, or the thousandth time, there is trepidation, excitement, maybe a bit of fear, expectation and the hope for success and/or avoidance of disappointment. That’s a lot of pressure!
This is less likely to be true if you are a child, but even early on we learn to exchange creative play and the joy of experimentation for the temporary thrill of creating something admired by another…at least I did.
But we know the approval we get from pleasing another is a very temporary high, while the joy of connecting to your creative spirit and riding the waves that result is an experience you can have again and again with far greater rewards.
If you have been painting for awhile, you may already know that creating art that matters deeply to you is the only way to make art that matters to anyone. Ironically, this does require surrendering the need for anyone else’s approval. If you are just starting out, this awareness can save you a lot of anguish.
So if you have made the wise decision to show up in the studio and connect with your creative spirit, simply notice what you love to do, what thrills and delights you; then lather, rinse and repeat! I love starting out with total freedom, not demanding the paint and water to do anything but blend and play, and work their magic together.
Here is a video of a beginning a piece in just this way, “How to Start An Acrylic Painting”
This got me into the surrendered space and opened up a dialogue with creativity for me that led me to seeing a rooster in the piece…
And once I had a path to follow, I could develop the piece the rest of the way, resulting in this piece, “Underfoot”…
If you would like to view a reel of this painting developing, you can see that here, Underfoot.
I would love to hear from you how you start your paintings, and if you find specific hesitations, maybe we can find solutions for them together, and if you haven’t already received my Guide for Connecting to Your Creative Spirit, you can find that here, Paint By Heart.