Just Get On With It!

30 Jul

Just Get On With It!

Male nude 4

I find making art really hard. People often say to me, “how lovely to work at something you enjoy“. WRONG!!! It’s blood, sweat and tears all the way for me. I get stuck in cycles of creative self-doubt which are absolutely paralysing and I’ve been in one for some months now. So today I gave myself a good talking to and told myself to just get on with it. I started a painting a few days ago, putting on a dark ground and then a rough underpainting in pale grey, so today I mixed up a fairly thin wash of black acrylic ink (Liquitex Heavy Body) and did some quite quick and intuitive linework.

Although I have an original life drawing for reference, I am trying to work without it as much as possible, and rely on my imagination and intuition. I really must snap out of this and stop being so afraid to create. After all, if I don’t like what I do, I can always cover the canvas with gesso and start again.

5 Responses to “Just Get On With It!”

  1. alethakuschan July 31, 2018 at 20:12 #

    Glad that you’re finding your way back. Hang in there!

  2. Michael Richards (certainline) July 31, 2018 at 13:22 #

    Hooray, it sounds (from here) as if you’re already on the road back to creativity. Those barren spells are a nightmare, aren’t they? They always seem to pass though.

    • Rosie Scribblah July 31, 2018 at 13:47 #

      Yes they are and a lot of people don’t understand what they’re like. i guess because so many people do art as a hobby, not a vocation or profession, they don’t get how hard it can be to wrestle with paralysing inaction for goodness knows how long. I think I’m getting somewhere now though 😀

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