July 30, 2023

How to Set Yourself Up for Success

Check out these weird colors! This painting is so garish, but I’m excited about it anyway! Because I’ve started with colors I don’t like, it gives me confidence that I’ll improve this painting easily with colors I do like. I often begin with this strategy. In the first pass, I give myself permission to make something that’s not really working. It’s okay because opportunities emerge and then the real work begins. It’s the most exciting time.

Let me show you what I mean.

Making something you don’t like initially is the best setup for success. It’s much easier than starting with a blank canvas because you already have so much to respond to. Turning your canvas around gives you a fresh perspective too. Give it a try!

How do you set yourself up when starting something new? Tell me in the comments here.

In this week’s episode of the Art2Life Podcast, I’m joined with David DuChemin, an incredible photographer, writer, and daring world traveler. David captures encounters with wildlife and humans across the globe so intimately that you feel you are traveling with him. His work creates connections to feelings the way our art does. He speaks so eloquently about this and the creative process. Join us for this engaging conversation.
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Have an awesome Sunday!

PS: Speaking of color, click here to download our Free Color Tips PDF. It’s loaded with useful ideas! https://workshop.art2life.com/ctmc-vlog/

Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

Join me and artists from all over the world in our Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group or learn more here about Art2Life.

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