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The benefits of getting out of your creative comfort zone

Stepping out of our comfort zone when it comes to making art is great for a few different reasons…

You can discover new ways of creating

Whether you are choosing to step out of your comfort zone by going to an art class you wouldn’t usually go to, or by trying out something new by yourself, you are guaranteed to learn something new that you can apply to your art.

It could be as simple as discovering a new colour combination or a different mark that you can make with your paintbrush, or as big as embracing a whole different subject matter that you would never normally attempt.

Plus you can discover what you like and don’t like

Art is so personal – we don’t all like to work in the same way and by getting out of your comfort zone you can really start to learn about what you do and don’t like. Obviously when we do something in our comfort zone we know we like this, but it is a bit like only ever eating in Italian restaurants and never trying Chinese, or Ethiopian or Mexican. There could be so many other things out there that you might like and enjoy. When it comes to art there are just to many exciting possibilities!

And it moves you art forward

It can be so easy to stay in the same place with your art – producing the same sort of art in the same sort of style. If you are happy making work in this way, then that is fab, but if there is a part of you that feels like you could be doing more with your art, that you would love to see what would happen if you tried to work bigger, or bolder, in a freer way or using more colour, then getting out of your comfort zone is the way forward. By trying new things your work will evolve and your own unique style with develop too.

What gets in the way of us getting out of our creative comfort zone?

You’d think if there were benefits to trying new things with our art, that we would do it a lot wouldn’t you? Hum – not that simple it turns out.

We stay in our comfort zone because it is just that – comfortable.

Sometimes it can feel when faced with the option to try something new, that we have an almost physical internal barrier stopping us. That is basically us getting in our own way. Trying something new is uncomfortable, it is going into the unknown and our inner critic will do everything it can to stop us from going there because it feels unsafe and scary.

But here is the thing – the reality is that with art, nothing bad can actually happen!

The worst that can possibly happen is that you end up with a painting or drawing you don’t like. Not all your artwork will be beautiful or aesthetically pleasing, in fact quite a lot of it you might feel is a bit rubbish, but that is all part of the creative process and it really isn’t all that bad.

Best case scenario you will produce some fantastic work and your art making will completely change as a result!

Once we can accept this – to let go of the outcome and just try things out – then it frees us up to really let go and experiment with our art.

Curious but not sure how to get started?

If you would like to get out of your creative comfort zone and to see where your art might take you as a result, but you find it hard to do this by yourself, then do email me to find out how I can help.

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