3 Steps to Push Past Your Creative Boundaries: Harness Your Creativity with Priscilla George

HArness Your Creativity is now a regular lesson online. You can experience the full lessons in the True Colors Art Program.

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How do you know you could benefit from stepping outside your creative boundaries? Is your working looking stale, blah, or do you just feel stuck with your art? Look at what you have created in the past few months and you’ll be surprised to find a common thread. Humans are creatures of habit who fall into doing what is easy and familiar. As a creative this doesn’t exclude you. You might not even notice it but when you look closely you have boxed yourself into a creative place that is routine to you.

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Here are the 3 steps to push past your creative boundaries.

STEP 1. FIND YOUR PATTERN AND BREAK IT

As an artist you fall into creating the same way, using the tools you are comfortable with in a way that is familiar to you, and create the same subjects. Don’t believe me? Take a look through all the art you have created and find the pattern you’ve secretly been relying on. Some of the things you could be repeating are compositions, poses, colors, materials, subjects, and size. Once you find that pattern it’ll be glaringly obvious that you’ll question why you never noticed before. If you are having a difficult time seeing a pattern in your work ask your friends or family to look at your art and tell you if they see a common pattern.

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STEP 2. MAKE YOURSELF UNCOMFORTABLE

Now that you have seen your pattern it’s time to let go of your comfort zone to explore new areas. A complete 180º isn’t necessary, just one change can push past the boundaries you are creatively in. This is going to be awkward and frustrating at first to try something new. You’ll be uncomfortable and that is a good! Here are some different things to try to push yourself past that comfort zone into a new direction.

  • If you paint realistic next time give abstract art a try.

  • Have a favored composition? Look at other artists creations for new ways to arrange your next work of art.

  • Always woking in acrylic then add some charcoal to your next piece.

  • You love detailed work but how about you keep it loose for awhile.

  • Listen to different music while you create and let the music inspire your brush strokes.

  • Paint outside and use what you see from life as a starting point versus being in the studio creating from imagination.

  • Are you using the same colors every time? Find a new color palette to experiment with.

  • Always making art of the same subject just mix it up and focus on a new subject.

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STEP 3. KEEP PUSHING YOURSELF

Don’t stop at one creation! Changing things up is new to you and everything new takes time to mold and perfect. Your first piece of art outside your creative boundaries might end up being the worst art you have ever made. Challenge yourself to try out this new method for a few weeks. Make mini studies in your sketchbook and see what works and what doesn’t work without investing lots of time and money on supplies. Join an online challenge and push yourself further. Try a bunch of different subjects, materials, and styles until you have propelled yourself towards a new way of creating that is fresh and invigorating.

CONGRATS YOU HAVE PUSHED PAST YOUR CREATIVE BOUNDARIES

If after all this you have discovered that what you tried did not work for you, do not be discouraged. It takes time to become familiar with new materials and ways of making. You could have tried to change too much which can make you feel like you are horrible at art. Take it easy and slow! Often it takes several different attempts to learn the quirks of something new. You could need a helpful hand from an experienced artist to give you tips and tricks or see your work through new eyes. As long as you had fun and created something new then you have succeeded in pushing past your creative boundaries.

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Kellee Conrad