The Terror and the Joy of a Blank Canvas

by | Mar 13, 2023 | Artist Journey, Gremlins, In progress | 0 comments

Since I finished Lord Buddha (yay!!), I knew the corner of my art studio with the easel would look naked, bare, and yearning if there wasn’t a large canvas in progress there.

Of course, that begged the question, “What will that next big project be?”

Along with dragons, I’ve always had a thing for phoenix and the phoenix rising tale. Hence, it made sense that my next big endeavor would be Phoenix.

(Side note: when I thought my big dream was to be a best-selling published fiction author, I was writing a novel series called Phoenix and Dragon. As much as I love those archetypes, fiction writing was not the soul calling that visual arts have become.)

So, here we are with the next project idea and a canvas. Holy sh*t! Now what?!

It’s truly awe inspiring to have a blank canvas, and yet it’s terrifying at the same time. All these gremlins come to bear… what if I’m not good enough? What if I make a mistake? What if the outcome sucks? (Especially since I still so very pleased with Lord Buddha… what if the next one isn’t nearly as good?)

The one thing that gets me through these gremlin stories is to know that I can always paint over a mistake (and I have). Therefore, taking a step isn’t as frightening as it seems.

My first step was to paint the background with black gesso since there will be somewhat of a space theme. Easy enough.

Just take the step.


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