My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

Don’t Stifle Your Own Creativity

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Watercolor robin in my sketchbook
Yesterday morning the first thing that caught my eye was a robin on my patio. I was inspired to paint him, but hesitated for a moment. I’ve been painting the beach and beach related things since January. A robin doesn’t fit into my theme. Then I had a break through thought – I’m letting my theme and focus stifle my creativity.

For weeks I’ve been trying to get back into painting. I knew that – for me – working daily in my sketchbook helps bring out other creativity. What I love about my sketchbook is the lack of pressure – draw anything, mess up, add watercolor – it’s all good! But, I had been putting pressure on myself by limiting myself to beach things. Pressure to stay within the theme, pressure to post daily on Instagram.

I’ve recognized my mistake and am changing my attitude. I painted the robin. And tomorrow who knows?

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Stifle Your Own Creativity

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and painting. The bird is wonderful

  2. It’s funny how sometimes we paint ourselves into a corner and don’t even realize it until, well, we are in the corner! Glad this pretty little robin spurred your creativity. 🎨

    • I know right? I did something similar after I created my first “frameable” piece. I started measuring beforehand and creating new pieces specifically for frames. But then I was so worried about messing up, I was almost too paralyzed to add any line or stroke. When I realized, I had to take the pressure off and began approaching paintings and drawings as just playing around.
      Thanks Carol!

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