Keeping it simple by narrowing down the possibilities.
More doing, less thinking. © 2017 David Limrite
“I realized that were I to paint flowers small, no one would look at them because I was unknown. So I thought I’ll make them big, like the huge buildings going up. People will be startled; they’ll have to look at them - and they did.”
Artist are faced with endless possibilities including, but not limited to: subject matter, style, technique, media, surface, size, etc. Just choosing a palette of colors can be overwhelming.
Do you find yourself getting lost in the endless possibilities and end up bouncing from one thing to another? And as a result, not mastering anything? Or not finishing anything?
Having too many interests can actually be detrimental to an artist and her productivity. When you narrow down your focus, it means less time thinking about what you are going to do and more time creating.
Over the years I have gradually narrowed things down for myself. My color palette currently consists of four main colors: Paynes Gray, Raw Umber Dark, Black and White. I only work on either paper or wood. My subject matter is the figure. (Always has been and always will be). Currently I have three sizes of surface that I work on. My media consists of acrylic, graphite, charcoal and collage.
I think you get the point.
I am all about empowering artists to be the best artists they can be. And I can tell you that narrowing down and simplifying everything involved with your creativity WILL empower you.
Let me know how you have simplified your creativity and how doing so has empowered you.