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OUT OF MY HEAD

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Well… I kind of like this one; however, it was not what I was going for at all. 
© 2017 David Limrite


“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter Of Our Discontent


Out Of My Head

Sometimes when I am too much in my head, I have to remind myself to just get out into the studio and work. Being too much in my head means that I am over-thinking things. That looks like: too much research, too much reading, too much writing, too much planning and too much looking at other artists' work for inspiration.

Truthfully, this is what procrastination also looks like.

It could also mean that I am listening too much to the voices in my head. Those voices include negative thoughts, self-doubt and fear.

What really matters are the images I create and the process I go through to make them.

When I realize that I am too much in my head, I try my best to empty my mind. Especially of all the self-doubt and fear stuff.

I then show up (get out in the studio), begin (focus on the journey and the process) and stay put (long enough for something to happen).

It also helps to have a few goals for each painting that you are working on, as I have recently written about.

It doesn’t take long.

Once I am on the journey, involved in the process, and actually putting brush to canvas, I get out of my head. And then I begin to paint from my heart, not my head - which is a far more authentic and emotional place to create from.

One more thing… I try not to worry about “getting there” or “not getting there.” I try to focus on the journey and on just making stuff.

Best,

David


[THIS FRIDAY]

SEE DAVID PAINT LIVE!

Art After Dark: Phantom 5 Pop-Up Exhibit

959 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | Friday, September 1 | 6 - 9 pm

The Central Coast Sculptors Group is hosting a Live Paint featuring Yours Truly. I will paint "LIVE" in the alcove outside of the Phantom Pop-Up Gallery. Come watch, learn and ask questions while I create an original mixed media, abstract, figurative piece using charcoal, collage and acrylic.


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