Tips from One Creative Individual to Another On the Art of Our Practices
Greetings fellow creatives and artists alike,
It’s been a while since I posted on here about my creative journey so I thought I’d share a bit of an update on how my process is going and some tips that have helped me continue on in my creative process that can help you too. Now mind, you I wouldn’t yet call myself a great artist (*although many who have followed my journey might) and am fully aware when it comes to building this practice that it’s at its beginning, but we are all in this together and as I am attempting to figure it out along the way, you may be too.
So, without further ado here’s some tips to help you with your own explorations:
- Set realistic goals along the way: When I first started out painting my only goal was to improve and better learn how to apply the appropriate amount of paint to water. However, as I got more comfortable with this basic technique I started to widen my goals to other things like learning how to paint flowers, or create my own version of them. Now, a few flowers later I am working on flowers with white spaces, building up to shading and putting together some prints. All of which took getting through that early goal to be comfortable doing something a little more challenging.
- Much about practice is setting up the right time and space: For me, this has meant looking at my schedule and determining the best time for me to practice art is in the evenings or later in the afternoon if I happen to be working in the morning. So, havingrealized that I’ll set my mental calendar that after an afternoon of work (or morning) I can reward myself with a good art session.
- If you don’t feel it, don’t force it and take creative breaks: This is more of a combined tip, but both stand true. So often, when practicing anything the believe may be to keep at it until you are good at it (which is partly true), but sometimes forcing ourselves to be creative or practice can be counterproductive to the practice itself in that it takes away the joy of practicing or experiencing the artistic process. In these times, it important to consider that often by taking a step back and giving ourselves a break from our work is just the thing we might need to return to our art from a fresh perspective.
- Be mindful of social media comparison: Yep, I said it as a budding artist it can be both inspiring and enlightening to connect with others or other peoples art on social media, but from personal experience it can also be discouraging to see their progress against yours. You may look at their techniques and think “Wow! I wish I could do that” without remembering that just like you they had to start somewhere, and I’ll bet that it took them years of experimentation and practice to get a knack for their style. So, by all means use it as a way to get a sense of different styles, techniques and compositions but keep in mind that there is often their creative journey, struggles and progress against what you see and though you may not get there yet… eventually you may.
- Lastly, embrace the creative process as a learning one: It’s safe to say that probably the first year or few months of your creative journey will be a lot of learning and trying new things. You may even find yourself frustrated from time to time, but keep in mind that this just seems part of the experience and one day you may be looking back on it and able to see how far you come. I know for me, there is just so much that I have learned about watercolour, its techniques, and the inspiration that drives me that there’s something new to discover every day. I have also come to see that even as I am learning new things, some of the subjects or flowers that I started with earlier are continuing to become more comfortable and familiar with me. So stay open and curious to learning and your own creative journey.
So stay creative and curious my friends,