Friday, June 10, 2011

Don't think, just paint!

I have a new canvas to show today. And a story.

Like in every other painting, I started by adding color(s) to the canvas...

And layering more colors on top of that...

...making marks, adding variation...

...trying to create an interesting background.

At this point, I saw a face. 
You may not see it yet, but the eyes are on the bottom right.

As I'm defining my face, I'm thinking "I wonder if people will like this".

And immediately I wanted to press the "undo" button in my head and erase that thought... That is such a heavy thing to have in mind when making art! It adds so much pressure! 

The minute I start thinking like that, I also start second-guessing and censoring myself. 
Am I the only one?

Long story short, I don't know if people will like this or not; I'm sure some people will and some people won't. But I like it. I'm happy with it. That's good for now. ;-)

By the way, what do you do to "shush" those negative thoughts?

PS: I added a new Pinterest button on the sidebar. Cool!

1 comment:

  1. I think ALL your painting are so cool! I love them all. I must try painting layers like that this summer. When I paint, I tell myself that nobody has to like it, except me. If I like it, I'll show it off on my wall. If not, I'll paint over it.