Painting by numbers used to be really popular back in the day, and some of them didn’t look too shabby, but I never took to the practice.
I was googling pictures and discovered that you can still buy the kits. I don’t know why I never tried, but it was like coloring books. Coloring books are safe and easy. Nothing wrong with the meditative process, but where is the excitement of creative adventure? Too safe for me.
I used to knit and had to follow a pattern to get the desired look, but what if I had gone crazy with yarn and colors and created sweaters that looked like dirty paint palettes?
It would have been more interesting for sure. I might have started a trend!
Everything I’ve ever learned about evolving my painting practice is by experimentation. I took some classes in realistic painting and learned some techniques that are helpful, but they never challenge me as much as the act of facing a blank canvas and not knowing what to paint. The act of painting itself is not something I fear, but to put that first dot of paint on the canvas can be daunting. This is intuitive painting.
I face that resistance with every painting The only way to get around it is to allow the resistance to be there and paint anyway. It’s useless to fight it. Nowadays it sits in a corner and grumbles until something exciting emerges on the canvas and then it’s on board with the rush of creativity. Contrary bugger …
What I do now is to quickly pick some colors I like and start applying them and see what strikes me. Sometimes nothing, and sometimes I see possibilities immediately.
It’s like being on a ship. There is ocean and more ocean, and no hope of ever seeing land again until suddenly, a gray shape emerges on the horizon.
So, if you have experienced that, you know there is hope. 🙂 The only way to move forward and through the resistance of creation, is to do it. Start right there and don’t stop, because if you do, the sniggers of resistance will haunt you for the rest of the day.
A seasoned sea man knows to face forward across the ocean and knows it’s only a matter of time until land appears.
I invite you to the adventure. Put the paint by numbers kit aside and give your creative genius a chance to shine. It does exist.
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