The Power of Starting Simple
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
What is the simplest thing I could do artistically right now? I’ve found this is such a powerful question for my art practice. I don’t ask: What masterpiece could I make? We need to build our skills over time. You’re not going to reach those big creative goals if you don’t reach the little ones first. Plus, I love layering simple things to make something magical.
And I find that as I focus on process, I gain mastery more quickly without the pressure from the inner critic.
I also really appreciate a minimal approach to art journal pages sometimes. We don’t need to fill every inch. Our work needs room to breathe.
That’s why I love to work on simple little ideas – I’ll cut little swirling shapes out of a circle, or explore watercolor dashes that move from one side of the page to another. Another day I’ll draw my dog, trying to capture the graceful turn of his paw before he shifts in his sleep.
Over time, I find I’ve created a treasure trove of beautiful bits and pieces. I love to put them together and see how they “speak” to each other.
Sometimes this leads to ideas for larger works I compose on paper, but often it leads to collage, and often in my art journals.
Sometimes simple lines, writing about your feelings, or a natural pattern is all a journal page needs. These simple things lead to further creative action, and when we layer simple things, they gain depth and beauty.
If you’d love the idea of making simple things, check out my class: The Simplest Thing Journal.
I hope that you enjoy these tips on starting simple. I’d love to hear what helps you do the simplest thing and create more.
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