On a good day I’ll tell you that my best work is done under pressure, and say it with the utmost sincerity. On a bad day, I’ll swear to you that I’ll never procrastinate again! - and mean it until I find myself stressing again because I didn’t do what I was supposed to do when I was supposed to do it.
As an artist, I find myself procrastinating when it comes to giving myself a kick in the behind to create outside the proverbial box, which is ironic because as an instructor, challenging oneself is what I promote. There is this battle that rages on inside of me - one voice says to play it safe and the other is dying to try new things, and unfortunately, 7 times out of 10, the safe side wins. The 10k question is ... why?
This painting perfectly illustrates what I struggle with. For months and months and many more months, I’ve been so ready to paint BIG and to just let loose but always found an excuse not to start. I didn’t have the right substrate, didn’t have the right inspiration image, I wasn’t sure about my color choices...basically a lot of blah, blah, blah. So I bought and cut down the sizes I wanted, found the perfect inspirational image, decided on a color palette, and....still wasn’t mentally ready. I can’t do it, I am not skilled enough, I need to practice so more, basically a lot of blah, blah,blah.
Sometimes it’s best to close both eyes, hold your breath, and JUST DO IT.
So to my fellow procrastinators in arms, I challenge you to join me in letting loose, lletting go, and be free. What’s the worst that can happen? Let’s find out together.