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YOUR CREATIVITY MATTERS (Part 2)

David Limrite-Artist, Coach, Mentor, Teacher

I would like to let you know about some of the issues that have come up and a few of the topics that were discussed in some of the Your Creativity Matters: Private, in-studio, one-on-one critiques, guidance and insights for visual artists sessions that have taken place so far. Just because. But seriously folks, I think that the variety of topics that have come up are fascinating and I thought you might be interested in what other artists are grappling with, have questions about, and are seeking help with. So far, these sessions have been very interesting and I am learning just as much, if not more, than the artists are. There have been some common themes, and yet, each artist has had their own, specific questions and issues.

Among some of the themes that have come up again and again are:

- Wanting their work to either be looser, more playful, more emotional, or edgier and either more colorful or less colorful

- Having visions of what they want their work to look like, but don't know how to achieve it

- Battling "Perfectionism"

- Fear of making mistakes and that no matter how long or how hard they work, they fear that they will not be able to make something appear (let alone have it be decent, good, great or exceptional)

- Starting a painting and then not knowing where to take it, what to do with it or how to finish it

- Knowing when a painting is finished (hint: it is a different definition for each artist)

- Wanting to get into the studio on a more regular basis, sticking to a weekly schedule and using me as an accountability partner (which I am more than willing to do), all the while, not allowing distractions and everyday life deter them

- Creating better pictures through design and composition

- Establishing a more accessible and limited color palette

- Taking stock of each artists studio space and discussing how to make it more functional in order to allow for more meaningful creativity

Among the more personal and individual topics, specific to each artist, have been:

- Making the transition from student to working artist to professional

- Moving from painting from real life to interpreting and depicting more conceptual themes and ideas

- Taking conceptual ideas and making them visual

- Staying creative from the beginning of a painting to finishing it or from the beginning of a series until it's completion

- Finding a subject matter that moves you, fascinates you, that you are passionate about, that you are compelled to paint, that you are emotionally attached to and can totally focus on with all of your heart and mind

- Narrowing down and deciding on a style

- Issues with copying other artists paintings and photographs

- Creating a painting that you really like or achieving a look or technique that you love and being concerned that you will never be able to replicate it again

Do any of these sound like issues that you are dealing with and would like some help, advice or feedback with?

The conversations have been amazing. The questions have been very thought-provoking. The answers have required that we get personal and go deep.

If you feel that a YOUR CREATIVITY MATTERS: Private, in-studio, one-on-one, critique, insights and guidance for visual artists session with me would help you with any of these topics or if you have your own, unique, personal issues with your creativity, or just want a straight-forward, honest critique of your current work, head on over here to read all about it and to sign up.

I will leave you with this:

If you could paint any subject that you wanted, in any style that appeals to you, what would it be, what would it look like, how would you get there and what's holding you back?

Best,

David