Are you ever at a loss while working on a project or watercolor painting? You start out with enthusiasm but soon get to a point where you become paralyzed with indecision.
“Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working.” – Stephen DeStaebler
Here are six ideas for tackling the fear of “not getting it right”:
1. Work on a copy of your painting.
You’re not happy with a painting but won’t paint or draw over it because you’re afraid of ruining it. Try making copies of the painting and start working on those before you go back to your initial piece.
2. Ask a friend or colleague for a critique.
Sometimes you just need a fresh eye to view your painting. You may be too close to the piece after staring at it for days.
3. Experiment with various mediums.
Try collage, pastel, charcoal or different types of paints. Edgar Degas used pastels over his monoprints to give them more color vibrancy and definition.
4. Put the painting away for a period of time.
It could be two days, two weeks or two months but taking a break can help bring a new perspective. The watercolor artist, Cheng-Khee Chee remarks in one of his videos that he sometimes puts paintings away for a year before finishing them!
5. Get out of the studio
Go for a walk in nature. There are a number of studies that show being surrounded by trees and greenery actually recharges you.
6. Go to museums and galleries.
Look at other artists to generate ideas before getting back to your painting.
The best way to tackle paralysis is to move; either physically or mentally. Try the six options above and become “unstuck”!