Letting Go Of Perfectionism In Your Art

So, why do you want to make art? Is it to become famous? Or is it for you? Will it look good on your resume? Or does it make you feel good? Is it so you can become rich? Or does it fill your soul?

If it is not because you think it will make you rich and famous, or more employable, why does your art need to be perfect? Why so critical? Why not go for inner fulfillment and see where that goes? Try to enjoy the journey….I’m not saying don’t learn, you can’t help but learn, we’re just wired that way, and learning has many forms. You can take classes, learn from friends, watch videos, and experiment. Experiment because you can.

Start a regular art practice. It’s good for the soul. You don’t have to be able to draw, or draw if you want. Just set aside the time because it feels good. It’s fun, and it can lead to a healthier life. Here are a couple of ideas for starting a regular practice:

Doodle. Pick up a pen and just keep going. Listen to music or an audio book, and mindlessly doodle. Look up zentangles or check out doodling on YouTube. It’s a marvelous practice….

Make Tiny Abstract Art. Start with bold shapes and work down to little details. You can cut your work up into pieces for later use and collaging….

Try Illustrative Art. You can create fanciful figures from ink  or paint blobs. Carla Sonheim has this great video on creating ink figures, I’m inspired…

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