The best way to grow as an artist is to keep pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.
I don’t let fear cripple me when it comes to a project. Here is a list of things that I did last year that I have never done before:
– drew a 6’ tall mural with chalk pens
– Painted approx 500 square feet on a wall that was between 20’ & 45’ up off of a lift (it’s tough to pull a straight line when your hand is shaking)
– hand Painted two 4’x’8’ signs on plywood
– Stretched a canvas for a commission painting
– Painted a giant mural on four windows in reverse
I am sure I am missing some, too.
I am comfortable drawing and painting but felt that I limiting my potential if i just use substrates that I am comfortable. I made a conscious decision to not let fear dictate what jobs I take on. I would have missed out on a ton of new experiences if I did. I was always honest with clients in the fact I was inexperienced in these situations. I also consumed a tremendous amount of YouTube videos, learning the techniques from folks who are experienced in doing these things.
Some of the experiences I down right hated at the time (being on a 50′ lift), but I would do it again right now if I had the opportunity.
At the end of the day, I figure it is about seeing how far I can push myself, seeing what I am and am not capable of. I have been lucky so far, because I was able to complete all of the tasks that I took on.
What was something that you took on with little to no experience?
Did it work out?