Start Painting! Enough Overthinking
How to express myself as an artist? What is my message? Have I done justice to the subject?
What if I am making a fool of myself?
These questions and many more stalk every artist. It is no little thing to put your work before others with not a care for the reaction. In truth it is an achievement to get that far. Many do not even begin to create their art. The hurdle of doubt is too high.
The saying goes that if you think it then it already exists. If you do not believe you can paint then that is so. You will not paint. If you stall at the point of starting and quit then you will never know. Could the work really be beyond you?
I hear it from many artists who struggle to get started. No time, no talent, no support, no space and on it goes. These are serious thoughts that must be faced like the school yard bully. Not to means defeat and regret. This is no way to live. Face the thoughts - shine light upon them and see them for what they are. Fearful ideas that pretend to be real and scary, but like the bully, are sent scampering when called out.
Take action today!
If you want to paint then begin this weekend with these three action steps:
There it is. No complication or overthinking required. Only good old fashioned work and a can-do spirit.
Let me know how it goes. Okay?
Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa