Give yourself permission to play with your creativity. Play is how we learn. It's fun too. Most of us are so intent on becoming good artists and doing everything right and inside the lines that we don't make time to let our inner child or creativity out to play.
The first time we conscientiously decide that we will play, we freeze. What do we do, how do we do this? We have to laugh, as it our own targeted actions trying too hard to be top of the class and colour between the lines, that we have forgotten this essential skill.
mmmmmm.... food for thought.
Make a space to play. Put out your play things, your most favourite art stuff. Take some time out, put ink, brush and pencil and pastel and charcoal out on the board and a piece of clean white paper, as if that wouldn't scare anyone anyway!! Leave it sit for a day or two. Look at it, think about it, walk past it......if you can!
Eventually the urge to pick up something and make a mark will be too strong, give into it. Play. Let it be what it is. Let it be un-directed, random, fun and outside the lines.
And fun isn't funny ha ha, it's playful it's wondering and wandering. This can be hard to do first up so don't struggle, "just do", as Yoda says.
Feel free to comment on your playtime experience with me. I'd like to hear about it.
Photo credit Ben Hershey
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Making Pastel Happen -
a blog about everything pastel and painting.
It's my aim to share techniques, tips, tricks, adventures, products, paintings, educate, inspire and foster the appreciation of painting.
I welcome your feedback and questions and don't promise to post regularly, but to let you know when I do post .
I'l give it my best shot to answer your questions and if I can't I'll let you know. Gee I may even be able to give you the name of someone who can answer.
Either way this blog is about making pastel happen and making painting enjoyable. I sincerely wish you to join me on this adventure. best wishes, Karol