Back to the Brush: How to Start (Again) in Watercolor
Restore your joy and renew your creative practice.Watch Promo
Art is supposed to be good for our mental health. So why do we find ourselves, despite wanting to make art, doing anything but? Staying on the sofa night after night, bingeing on Netflix or scrolling through social media? Why does something that I know I enjoy feel so hard to do?
How can I get back into making art with the kind of joy I need to feel?
How can I create an art practice that feels like fun again?
I believe that if I’m avoiding my art space, it’s not that I’m a lazy procrastinator. Rather, my lack of action is a sign that my creative practice is no longer healthy. I can’t thrive with an unhealthy creative practice, and I can’t make my best art in that environment either.
This course is designed to help you restore the joyful, playful fun that you originally felt while painting, so that you can make the art you’re meant to make. Art that helps you feel good in the making is art that comes alive, and helps you come alive as well.
In this course we’ll explore some of the common struggles that keep artists from freedom and joy in their work. We’ll work together to develop strategies for getting back on track when you start to slide into self-criticism, perfectionism, and discouragement, and you’ll find yourself discovering that there really is great art inside of you!
There is a shift that happens in many artists' journeys that transforms your work and your way of thinking about what you're creating. If you truly want to make art and want to find your way through this mental block that seems to be holding you back, it can be done, and you can do it. Let's work through this together!
How to Start (Again) in Watercolor
Rebuilding a Creative Practice that Helps You Thrive
- Opening Session: What's Wrong with Me?
- Are we asking the wrong questions?
- Ways We Self-Sabotage
- Counter-creative Ideas
- Using Affirmations as Tools for Growth
- Affirmation 1: Authenticity
- Exercise: Create Your Space
- Exercise: Judgment Free Space
- Affirmation 2: Abundance
- Exercise: Check in with your heart
- Exercise: Gratitude for the Journey
- Demo: Outcome Negative
- Affirmation 3: Agency
- Demo: Choose and React
- Exercise: Structure time to learn and play
- Affirmation 4: Acknowledgement
- Exercise: Sitting with Discomfort
- Exercise: Curiosity & Compassion
- Demo: Deliberate Extremes
- Affirmation 5: Anticipation
- Exercise: Use experimentation to make growth opportunities
- Exercise: Settle in for the journey.
- Demo: Future Work Identification
- Affirmation 6: Abandon
- Exercise: Boss Mindset
- Exercise: No Wrong Answers
- Demo: What can I get away with?
- Next Steps: Adopting your own affirmations
- Recognize the Artist’s “Now and Not Yet”
- Create the Art Practice You Need
- Resources for further development
‘My biggest fear was just painting for me and not worrying about what others will think of what I love. It’s still there, but I can tell myself, "Go ahead and play; Do what you love!" She is SO convinced that we should be our own favorite artist. Everyone that struggles with artistic self worth should take this [course]. I will take with me that I am my own favorite artist and that's how it SHOULD be!’ - Wyna W.