In August, I was on Tenerife with my wife, L.
It was quite hot, I didn’t take many art tools with me and for me being on holiday for 10 days I hardly made any art at all.
What was the problem? I was listening to a voice in my head telling me that even if I tried to do something here and now, it wouldn’t look anything like what I would want it to look like … the paint brush I use all the time has past its prime … the watercolour sketchbook (300gr) is too precious … I don’t have the right colours to paint skin tones … there aren’t enough contrasts … it’s too hot. I was giving in to these nagging voices.
In the end, I managed to save myself to a certain degree, I jumped in the deep end and painted the sea (using sea water) and also made a quick and dirty sketch of the beach at sun set (which I didn’t like for a few days and now I really love and think I should delve into more often).
The biggest mistake(s) you mustn’t make:
- listen to the nagging voices
- tell yourself the art tools are the problem
- convince yourself you’re not as good as you (think you) used to be
- stop playing/fooling around