This past week I have been purposefully painting subjects that I do not normally paint. I call this branching out of my comfort zone and it might seem scary at first but it is a great way to stretch yourself and your skills as an artist, and as a person too!
It is also called taking risks.
Why is it important to take risks?
Because when you keep going and exploring, you keep growing!
I have to admit it was not my idea to paint a car this week, but a friend asked if I could do a painting for him of his cute little Fiat. How could I say no!?
It felt daunting at first but I started with the basics. I did a sketch in my sketchbook, then a practice painting, before I tackled the big canvas. I did those things because that is how I learn and how I practice. It builds my confidence up to take that bigger risk of painting the car on the big canvas!
Is there something you would like to paint but you are feeling a little intimidated to try and take the risk?
Start by doing a few simple thumbnail sketches in your sketchbook., just simple shapes, not a lot of detail. Then, do a black, white and grey value painting in your sketchbook of your subject. You can use the transfer trick with the graphite paper to ease your fears of drawing. Then, try a color version. Don't like it? Do another one! That's what I do! I tried painting a box of strawberries today and started over twice. No worries, I learned from each attempt.
When you are making art, making mistakes is a part of the process.
Let yourself take risks and explore.
Keep going and keep on growing!
You can see my graphite transfer trick on my YouTube channel, Creative Arts Oasis, where I share a new Art Tutorial every week!
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