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Perfectionism

For this weeks ‘Painting Tip’, I want to chat about something many of us grapple with: perfectionism.

It’s easy to get caught up in the pressure to create something beautiful and “finished,” but it’s important to remember the joy found in simply playing with paint.

Let Go of Control

One of the biggest challenges I face is the urge to control every brushstroke. But when I loosen up and allow myself to experiment, that’s when the magic happens—those “ah-ha” moments that surprise and delight us. Here are a few strategies I use to help let go of perfectionism:
  Set a Timer

This is a game changer! I like to set a timer for 20-30 minutes and just go with the flow. It’s about getting as much paint on the canvas as possible without overthinking. When the timer goes off, I step back and appreciate what I’ve created, imperfections and all.

Use Bigger Brushes 

Swapping out those fine detail brushes for something bigger can dramatically change your approach. Bigger brushes encourage broader, more gestural strokes and help cover more canvas quickly, making it harder to fuss over details.

Mix Up Your Materials

Sometimes, using different materials can break the cycle of perfectionism. Try painting with items you wouldn’t normally use, like a palette knife, sponge, or even your fingers! This playful approach can lead to unexpected textures and effects.

Embrace the “Ugly” Stages

Every painting has an “ugly” stage, and that’s perfectly okay. It’s a natural part of the process. Acknowledge it, and push through! Often, those layers add depth and interest that you couldn’t have planned from the start.

Reflection Time

After each session, instead of critiquing what could be better, focus on what you enjoyed about the process. What did you learn? What felt freeing?
Remember, it’s not about the destination but the joy of the journey. Next time you paint, I encourage you to throw caution to the wind and play with the paint.

See what happens when you let go of expectations and just enjoy the act of creating.

Free Workshop Coming Up

I’m really enjoying sharing new demonstrations and challenges with my Brush Flow members. This May we are tackling florals, the image above is one of the demonstrations inside the membership.

I’m excited to share that I have a free workshop coming up very soon, so if you’d like to try a new way of painting and learn some news skills keep an eye out for the email to save your seat. I’ll share the image we’ll be painting very soon…..
Happy painting,

Michelle

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