Anything worth pursuing is worth failing at. –Father Greg Boyle
Sometimes we forget that being stuck, being out of ideas, or unhappy with what we are making– is a part of the process that leads to a breakthrough. We wouldn't have a breakthrough if there was no barrier!
Here are some things that are helping me break through:
Size: Working at two very different sizes– I am working on these 5 x 5 inch panels along with large canvasses. The small ones are sometimes easier to approach, to play, to try color and shape experiments.
Number: Work on at least 3 pieces at a time, so that when you become obsessed or frustrated with one, you can move along to another. This is also helpful for that question: Is this piece finished? Do I stop now? When this question arises, I pause and go to another painting– as I can always go back, but it alleviates that tendency to overwork.
Color: When you can afford it, buy the pigment packed more expensive colors– or even just one, for mixing. Develop a new palette by adding a couple other colors to one luscious one you have chosen. Enjoy mixing the colors until you have a palette that gives you a feeling of exuberance.
Time: Often the most stressful and busy times, are the most important days to have time in the studio. Even when your mind says there is no time, set a timer for 15 minutes, and give yourself some uninterrupted time to refuel.
Set up your space with two different sizes, and three colors to begin– and play with shape and color- enjoy!
What are your ways of breaking through?