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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)

LESS PRESSURE

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Current work in progress. We shall see what happens. In the meantime, I am taking risks and having fun.

“Art is about taking risks. Danger and chaos - Those are the real muses an artist must court.”

~Robert Rauschenberg


I am starting some small 9”x12” experimental pieces. They are just at the very beginning stages. Starting these pieces made me realize something about myself and about the way I approach creativity and art making.

When I am trying something new, be it a new idea or technique, I don’t put all my eggs in one basket. That is, I don’t pin all my hopes and aspirations on one painting. That is too much pressure. On me!

I think this is a significant realization. I don’t try out a new idea or technique on just one painting. What if it is a complete failure? I may never pursue this idea or technique again. Potentially robbing me and possibly the world {Smile} from something wonderful.

In this case I have started 4 pieces and will work on them simultaneously. This allows me to freely experiment, try things, take risks and have more fun. I learn from each piece. What does not work on one, may work on another. And, this takes the pressure off of having to be successful at all. At least right away.

Less pressure. Less stress. Less worry. Less expectation. All allow for more creativity to flow and for more fun to be had.

I don’t know about you, but the more fun I am having creating my art, the better the results. Always!

Best,

David