Thursday, June 05, 2014

Move your painting to the next level

Dissatisfaction is the first step toward moving to a higher level.

You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. The rational mind doesn't nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth, because the rational mind is the golden calf that this culture worships, but this is not true. Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.” 

Making quantum leaps in our progress as painters is critically important.
Remaining stagnant is not an option. But quantum leaps don't usually occur on their own. Great painters recognize when they are in a rut and intentionally place themselves in an environment that challenges them and forces them to try new things. ultimately, growth as an artist comes once you break out of your comfort zone to a place you feel free, a little uncomfortable, and suddenly reinvigorated about your work.

 ▢ 1. Know that dissatisfaction is a blessing. Reaching a level of unhappiness with your work is a sure-fire way to be on the lookout for change. Embrace your dissatisfaction.

 ▢ 2. Immerse yourself in the work of great masters. Go to the museums and study their works. Stare. Paint their paintings in your mind from start to finish. Try to figure out how they made every brushstroke. Their breakthroughs will register in your mind and will help you make your own breakthroughs.

 ▢ 3. Paint feverishly. The worst thing you can do is stop. Instead, ramp up your painting time. Stop thinking and start painting intuitively. Stop judging yourself. Just paint, experiment, and challenge yourself.

 ▢ 4. Confuse your brain with multiple mentors. Though others will tell you this is the worst thing you can do, it's the best road to finding your own breakthrough. Following a single mentor is a great road to becoming a clone. Study with different people in an environment where your brain can get constant stimulation with lots of painters at the same time. Even the most experienced painters study other painters in order to stimulate brain activity and increase their knowledge. "

Now turn off the computer and start painting.

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