(I wasn’t able to embed the video, but here’s the link.)
Soon after I started painting, I discovered Nicholas Wilton. He’s a generous artist who posts great advice on painting, especially on the approach an artist takes to his or her work.
When I first watched the video, I applied it immediately to my art. I’m a new artist, but I already feel myself needing to be wary of what’s too comfortable. Too easy.
But then I watched the video again.
What else can I change up? Switch out. Do in the exact opposite way that I always have.
- I’ve been reading about how to respond when you’re angry. Anger has gotten somewhat of a good rap over the last twenty years or so. Women especially are encouraged to not hold back. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger takes a very different approach.
- Breathing. Well actually, I have been breathing all these years, but I’ve resisted the idea that I can sleep better, think better, react better, if I focus on breath and breathing techniques. I’m taking a mindfulness class at SunStone Wellness led by Denise DeForest Pastoor. I’m beginning to understand the power of focusing on breath.
- I bought a rust-colored sweater at the Loft outlet store the other day. Rust is not a color I’m drawn to, but I like my new sweater. I hate cold weather, but this year, I’m trying to get my clothes ready ahead of time so the cold doesn’t shock me so.
- Cliff has gotten me on a kick of eating banana peppers on sandwiches. I don’t think I ever tasted a banana peppers before this year. Talk about a mid-day pick me up!
What about you? Have you switched things up lately? Were you happy with the results?
And speaking of changing things up, here’s one of my recent paintings. SOME of the blueberries decide they’re tired of being blue. My friend Susan bought my painting at a charity auction. She’s changing to brighter colors in her kitchen.
Three cheers for the power of new! Thanks, Nicholas.