What’s stopping you starting your art?

What’s stopping you from starting your ‘art?’

Whether it be writing, sculpting, painting or drawing, what is stopping you from getting started OR even continuing.

Quite often it’s simply FEAR. Fear of being disappointed, fear of not achieving the result you dream of, fear of wasting expensive materials, fear of failure and of not being ‘good enough.’

This is what holds people back from doing many things. Applying for a better job, moving to a new town or even committing to a new relationship. FEAR. And it is especially true with the very delicate creative process. This needs to be nurtured and protected from the adult mind.

The way to get round this ‘resistance’ is to approach whatever it is you want to do with the wide-eyed curiosity of a child, when anything is possible and, just do it.

As Picasso said ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.’

After years of conditioning through an education system which by it’s structure is competitive, it is a shame that an adult embarking on a creative project should be hampered by this way of thinking. There needs to be a shift in the mindset. A person undertakes creative endeavours to fulfill a basic human need, and the process should be a joyful one that is really nobodies business but their own. After all, if it’s not fun, why do it.

The fear element can be especially strong when there is a talented relation or friend whose standard you feel you will never match and of course we all fear ridicule and forms of rejection. But you are doing your art for you not for anyone else. So how do you get started and how to get round all this angst? PLAY.

I encourage all of my students to just play. Especially if they are new to the medium and are just getting used to how the paints and water work together

Cutting up postcard size pieces of watercolour paper, draw a variety of shapes and doodles and then simply colour them in is a good start. There is no pressure to select and complete a painting. It’s just the chance to do some colouring with your paints and see what happens. No expectations and the results can often be remarkable.

This brings the person back to embrace the ‘play’ factor and it has been scientifically proved that when the brain is in a state of play it is more receptive to learn and retain the information. They have fun and are more relaxed and are able to progress more comfortably.

So, by warming up with some fun exercises the budding artist will grow in confidence and begin to understand the medium and feel better equipped to embark on something more complicated.

Painting for the leisure painter need not be about perfection but about progress and the joy of the doing.

So whatever creative journey you embark on make sure you enjoy it.

Watch this video all about the pleasure of the ‘doing.’ Keep safe and keep painting, love Nicola.