Have you ever been psyched to do something, I mean really do it this time. You get your game face on and jump head first into the project/challenge only to discover
seconds later half way through that what you're trying to do is just too hard!!!!! You think to yourself "I don't want to do this anymore.......what the heck was I thinking!!!" Well, such was my experience two days ago.
I had always wanted to do a series of watercolor prints with inspirational quotes. These were going to be very spontaneous and heartfelt freestyle paintings. Just me, some paper and my watercolor paint. So, there I was staring at a blank piece of paper thirty minutes in and not a thing comes to mind to paint. That is, no ideas worthy of painting. After almost forty five minutes had passed I decided to just doodle....maybe this would free my artist block.
Some of my doodles and random drawings
I just started making random patterns and drawings without thinking about it. Two hours later I had five pages of squiggles and curly Q's and I was feeling very frustrated and unproductive. Disappointment was pointing its long bony finger at me and I was buying in.
I was about to throw in the towel, tear it to pieces, and stamp on it when I found inspiration in the oddest of places. My son's PS3. .....on the couch......where I nearly sat on it. It suddenly occurred to me in that moment that I had endured fifteen hours of
torturous labor without an epidural and presently raising a teenager who is helpful, well mannered and loves God. Heck, if I could do that, I could do anything. Besides, I am not a quitter.
You know what I did next? I went back to those watercolors with fire in my eyes and a "Lets do this!" attitude. I painted without any expectation or self judgement what-so-ever. I did my best, and this time that was enough. And you know what else? It was soooooo relaxing and so much fun! You have to try this.
Look at how my doodles look framed! Try it! If you are not confident drawing shapes or figures, just try doing washes of watercolor on paper. You'll be amazed at what you can do. Just picture it:
Walmart..........watercolors $4.00..........watercolor paper $4.00