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Blog 12:24:17 Copyright 2017 David Limrite Artist Teacher Coach Mentor Avoid Lackluster Beginnings.jpg

“Untitled”, 30”x 22”, charcoal and acrylic on paper. I love the energy, the mark making and the blackness of this one. © 2017 David Limrite

“Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.”
William Inge, Playwright

Avoid Lackluster Beginnings

When I am excited about what I am creating, I create better. 

If I realize that I am not enthusiastic about what I am working on, then I either mess it up on purpose which usually frees me up to work back into it again, or I take a huge risk and try something crazy or out of character for me. Many times I end up trashing it. 

Taking risks with my paintings is not easy; however, often times the act of doing so shocks some life back into the piece and some energy back into me. If I am bored with a particular painting and I start off the day's painting session with lackluster feelings about it, the painting session is usually doomed and so is the painting.

How I feel about my painting always shows up in the finished painting.

So, I try and start my painting sessions with playfulness, curiosity, energy and a sense of adventure. I show up, begin and stay put until something happens. I ask myself, “What if?” I make a mark and then another and another. 

I try to take as many risks early on in the session as I can before I drift into preciousness. It is so easy for me to become timid and treat the painting as a precious little gem. I try to do something unexpected, and I also try and be as unpredictable I can.

I take lots of short breaks. 

Taking lots of short breaks works much better for me than painting for long stretches and then taking a long break. I never seem to be able to build momentum taking long breaks. Working hard for 30 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break works so much better for me and allows me to hang onto my energy and enthusiasm. I am much better able to build and maintain momentum by working this way. And, this working method also keeps procrastination, distractions and self-doubt at bay.

If boredom is able to wrap me in its clutches, then I do something drastic like splash, drip, spill, pour, tear up, then collage, or mess up the surface on purpose in order to shake things up, and re-energize me and the process. Becoming more physical in the process often shakes something loose and reinvigorates me.

Ultimately, what works best for me, is to start a painting session with energy and enthusiasm, rather than boredom. 

If you are bored with your work, maybe it is time to shake things up.





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