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Playing with adding color back into my work. Exploring ways to incorporate color that make sense to me and what my work of the last many years looks like. I don’t think this is it, but I am learning what I like and don’t like. it is very valuable to me to be doing lots of small pieces until I think I might be ready to spend my time on larger works. I really like these pieces a lot, so hopefully I am on the right track. Each is 10”x 8”, acrylic on wood. © 2019 David Limrite

“If you hear a voice within you saying you are not a painter, paint and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent van Gogh, Artist

Prove Your Inner Critic Wrong

Your inner critic is always with you. Before, during and after the creation of a piece of art. You inner critic manifests itself in such things as fear, procrastination, self-doubt, negative self-thoughts and critical feedback. To name just a few.

You inner critic is always going to try and derail you. And the only way I know how to keep it at bay is to create. Paint, draw, sculpt, etc. Be involved in the activity. Get lost in the process. Keep at it. Day after day. Try. Learn. Try again.

Your inner critic wants to tell you NO! It wants to beat you down. It wants to defeat you. And, yet, all of these things are impossible for your inner critic to achieve, while you are in the act of creating.

So, I guess the moral of this story is to show up, begin and paint a lot. This keeps your inner critic out of it all together. Yay!

I can’t really say it any better than Vincent van Gogh did in the quote above.

If you are allowing your inner critic to get the best of you, it’s probably because you are not showing up in front of your easel often enough.

Being involved in the activity of making art invites the muse to your door. And, your muse is much more powerful than your inner critic.



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