Talking with a friend yesterday on the phone...and we both agreed that it is too easy not to try new things when we draw or paint.
Sometimes you get to a point in a picture when you could do this...or that...and it is too easy...or less frightening to do the safe thing. We carry on drawing or painting making decisions based on what we know worked in the past, so that in the end we produce a picture that is often very similar in style to those we have done before. We shy away from experimentation in case we muck the whole thing up. We get all precious about the final picture and tend to make the safe decisions.
Or we hesitate about even starting because we are not completely sure about what we are doing.
What I am finding very freeing about the 100 day challenge I'm doing, is that all my doodles so far have been done on used photocopying paper. Sometimes when I photograph the drawing you can faintly see the print showing through from the other side!
This is making me feel much more courageous. If I start a drawing and it all goes horribly wrong...I can just toss it aside and grab another sheet...and I have done this a lot!...safe in the knowledge that I am not wasting precious, expensive art supplies.
Some paper is so expensive that making a mistake or wasting it makes you feel so guilty!
So the pile of rejected drawings is growing. Some just go straight to the recycling bin and others are put aside as possible ideas to revisit later.
Do you face a similar fears...with your creative projects?