Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

The Art for Homeschool February Show is impressive.  If you have not seen the entries, go to Art for Homeschool.  Talk about creativity!  Children from ages 5 – 13 have entered a wide variety of art projects.

If you want to be inspired to be more creative, simply look at their work.  Almost every genre of art is represented.  From photography to collage, pastel to watercolor, pencil sketch to colored pencil, young artists are fearlessly entering their best works of art.  I don’t know how the judge is going to choose one over another. 

Are you stuck in a rut?  Do you only work in one genre?  I challenge you to try a different medium in which to express your creativity.  If you prefer watercolor, try colored pencil.  If you are a great photographer, try a collage.  Step out of your comfort zone. 

Even if your first attempt is less than wonderful, at least have fun branching out and expanding your repertoire.  Since I try to practice what I preach, let me give you a specific example.  I am most interested in watercolor.  However, I have done several colored pencil paintings. 

The other day trying to inspire my own children to be creative, I grabbed an empty canvas I had in my closet.  I bought it years ago on sale and just never knew what to do with it.  I had no acrylic or oils paints.  Watercolors nor colored pencil were suitable.  However, I did have some leftover interior house paint.  I had blue, teal, and white.

What do you do with those colors?  I wasn’t exactly sure, but I went for it.  I picked a simple composition.  Then I let loose and had fun.  It was actually the most fun I have ever had painting.  The end result was better than I imagined.  The painting evolved as I worked on it.  Shading and highlights developed.  Nothing was planned but the outline of a horse. 

I felt such a sense of accomplishment as I stepped back to admire my creation.  My husband said, “Wow!,” when he laid eyes on the completed canvas.  As great as that was to hear, it was much more rewarding to know that I had given in to the creative process.

I had stepped way out of my comfort zone working with two things I had never used in art before: a canvas and interior house paint.  I did not start with a complete plan, but instead allowed myself to truly be creative. 

Jessie Has the Blues

This entry was posted in Art, Homeschooling and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

  1. Nice painting. Stepping out of the comfort zone to cure a rut is a good start. I very much agree with you on that and I’ve even found that a leap out of the comfort zone is sometimes even better, and possible – I’m talking about moving from one form of art to another like writing to photography to musical composition to dance, etc. A creative person usually has a great capacity to cross these art forms and maintain their creative nature to find rewarding experiences, ignoring technical obstacles of course. So a creative person looking to escape a rut should look “creatively” at lifting conceptual constraints.

  2. Monte says:

    I recently moved to the desert southwest where pottery and metal sculpture are big. I’ve only worked with two dimensional surfaces. So I took a class at our community college and tried my hand at both. The results were not great but the process was a lot of fun. There were a lot of seniors in the class who had never worked in these media before and some of them were really good. They really inspired me!
    .-= Monte´s last blog ..Improve Memory And Brain Function With Moderate Exercise =-.

  3. Pingback: upside down tree

Comments are closed.