Then after that I ran to the art store to pick up more canvases then came home and started working. Then came home and worked on custom artwork orders (don't wait! Now's the time to get your Christmas orders in!) and then also tackled artwork for my new book.
The first part of my new book is due Nov 1st and I am getting all bunched up about it. I have been going through a hyper critical phase this past week where nothing I make is good enough and it is driving me crazy. All this perfectionism is really making it difficult to get work done. I no sooner select a color or an idea and then I go "no that's not good enough" and then I start over. Ugh! I need to shake this. I do this anytime I start on a major new project and it's very annoying. Perfectionism is the opposite of creativity and thinking something needs to be perfect is the worst way to start a creative project.
There's no easy way to resolve it when I get in this state of mind. Usually I keep forging ahead and keep making imperfect art until one day I wake up and am accepting of my (imperfect) work again. Sometimes it takes a couple weeks. It can get really old during those weeks though trying to shut up my inner voice that keeps saying "that's not good enough" ugh! shush nasty voice! Shush I tell you!
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Hang in there!
My new favorite quote! Even though you may not be feeling very "inspired" lately, you are still inspiring others of us. Thanks!
We are always our own worst critics huh? And... telling that nasty little voice to shush is the Perfect Remedy!
I love your work, love your style - you are a wonderful inspiration!
~By the way, all of your work is always so wonderful. I don't know how any of it could be bad!
Perfectionism is overrated and unattainable. Keep plugging away, and ask some of your artist friends for their opinions. Sometimes it's uplifting to hear from others that our work is still good, and realize that we're just looking at it through the wrong filter.
you rock! you can do this!
love your "perfectionism is the opposite of creativity" bet you have helped more than a few folks today! At least you know this is a pattern for you, imagine you have already worked with your coach on your self-critic!? From most viewers perspective, I suspect better you care to much than too little, leads to all those delightful details when you find your "happy medium"!
Even though you expect to go through this, have you ever tried making some deliberately "bad" pieces, really giving yourself something to be critical of?! might at least give you some giggles!
love Toby's super pumpkin cape! Such a character!!!
all the best from here....
Good luck today on squelching your nasty critic! It is definitely LYING to you.
Listen to your real friends who love your work. I also believe in re-evaluating the next day after some sleep. Fresh eyes do help.
I am inspired by you every day and I think your artwork is simply fun and wonderful and celebrates so many good things.
Keep on working through it :-)