This post is going to be about times when you might be stuck and not know what to do next on a piece.
By not knowing what do next, I don’t mean that you literally don’t know what you want to paint next, but you don’t know how to go about doing it. I’ve had this experience myself and I know it can be really frustrating.
The best way that I know how to deal with this problem is to direct my focus somewhere else. If I’m not sure about something I’m working on, I move on to something I am sure about.
So, let’s say I was working on this okapi’s back
but reached a brick wall. Maybe I’m very clear on what to do about this okapi’s head,
so I’ll work on that.
If I literally can’t figure out anything about my current project, I might do a sketch for what I’m planning to be my next painting and then come back to it. If then, I can’t find what I need to add or what changes to make, I may just have to admit when the painting is finished. I’m always a little afraid to call a piece finished because I always think there’s something more I could do, but that could be a whole other post.
The reason I’m saying all this is because I want us all to realize that feeling stuck doesn’t have to be scary. It shouldn’t stop us from creating.
If we’ve been stuck on one piece for a long time, we may have to admit we’ve done all we can with that piece. Regardless of how we may feel about it, we might just have to call it finished sign it, take what we could learn from it, and move on.
Do you ever find yourself stuck on projects? How do you handle it? Share in the comments.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife