• Maria

Nocturnal Inspiration + a Painter's Guide to Anxiety Tips

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Do you ever feel like inspiration strikes at all the wrong times? Well pull up a seat. You are not alone!

Bella! Isn't she the cutest?

Welcome to my life - where all of my best ideas and creative urges consistently hit me full force after the sun goes down. I tend to run amuck sometime after 9pm along side my best fur friend, Bella.

Tonight's custom design project left me both anxious and exhausted. I can't shake the constant need to critique my work throughout the entire creative process. It's both a gift and a curse in that it pushes me to redo completed portions again and again - making certain to nail each detail. However, going over a person's smile multiple times on a canvas the size of an index card is daunting and can quite frankly drive a girl mad.

It's times like these, I like to remind myself of a few simple tricks to get my mind and body back on track:

  • Breathe. It's not the end of the world. After all, acrylic paint dries pretty fast and you can fix the problem with a clear head.

  • Step away from the canvas. Sometimes being up close to a tiny canvas for hours on end can cause you to get seriously lost in your work. It helps to take a walk, stretch, or practice some yoga in another space for a few minutes. Without fail I find my work in progress appears to be way better than I had imagined with a fresh set of eyes.

My husband, David! He keeps me in line.
  • Drink water. Water is essential for removing toxins and delivering nutrients to the brain. Drinking water can help with concentration and cognition. I am guilty of not drinking enough water throughout the day and am making an honest effort in increasing my daily intake thanks to my loving husband, David!

  • Document your progress. I take photos of my work as I progress. When I feel as if I've hit a roadblock, I skim through the photos to remind myself of how far I have come and give myself that extra boost of confidence that is needed to get over that hump.

  • Show an outside source. We are our own worst critics. I know I am. I like to bounce my work off of a fellow artist or my family. They can offer an outside perspective and 9/10 times they don't even notice whatever miniscule "issue" I was laser focused on.

I followed all these little tips tonight to help me power through and complete the piece. When finished, I notified the client - who was eagerly awaiting the results. I took a deep breath while I watched the three dots appear in the text field. I'm happy to report, there was nothing but positive feedback. Success!

Tonight's palette. Can you guess the painting?

Though it is scary at times to be entrusted in capturing a loved one's likeness, there is no better feeling than the high that comes with a customer's excitement. I love the challenge and continue to push myself a bit harder every time.

Here's a shot of tonight's palette. Check back soon to see the completed piece posted in my Portfolio!

Thanks for stopping by!

<3 Maria

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