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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)


David Limrite-Artist, Coach, Mentor, Teacher

Me preparing, both mentally and physically, to attack another blank canvas.

“In every painting a whole is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration."

~Wassily Kandinsky, Artist

The Blank Canvas

Terrifying to some.

Painful to others.

Paralyzing to many.

It can illicit procrastination.

It can reveal fear.

It can be humbling.

It can be challenging.

It can also be promising, hopeful and exciting.

It can represent opportunity…

…to create something from nothing.

It’s all up to you.

What do you choose to do, and how do you choose to feel the moment before creativity begins? Especially when faced with a blank canvas.

I try to approach my blank canvas confidently. Confident in knowing exactly what I am doing. Even if I don’t. This approach often lets me in. And, it sure feels better to begin my work with confidence rather than with trepidation. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t. But at least it helps me not to feel defeated before I even begin.

And that is empowering.