Quieting the Inner Critic
Most days it’s not easy to get one’s critical left brain out of the way and just respond to materials and colors and patterns. But for some reason, this past weekend I was able to do that in a quick session creating several collages. Using my hand painted papers, I worked as fast as possible, making sure I didn’t overthink the process. In fact, I was working on them in our living room while listening to and half-watching some TV show that my husband and I had recorded. I think having that small distraction in the background made a difference in my ability to just let the work flow.
I’ve noticed this at times when I’ve been on the phone while painting. After ending the conversation, I’m sometimes surprised that I’ve made great progress on a passage of the painting or resolved a problem with color or composition.
Of course it goes without saying that music will do that too. When it comes to playing music in the studio, making art can become a kind of dance — sometimes literally.
Do you have special ways of quieting your inner critic?
The above collage can be found here in my Etsy shop.