We've been talking about the power of process here on the blog the last few weeks. Abstract artist Debora Stewart points out another reason having a defined and repeatable process is important: it helps you start.
Sometimes starting a painting is really tough. All of those choices you know await you. But if you have a process, you don't have to worry about answering all the questions right away. You know you've already thought through WHEN you will need to address those problems and so you can get started with whatever it is you do first. Maybe that's something as simple as laying down marks or an acrylic ground.
Whatever it is, focusing on step one will help you get to step 30. So if you find that you have trouble starting paintings, come up with a few easy and repeatable ways to get into your painting. Try them out for a few pieces to see how they help. Remember, you can always change your process as you learn what works best.
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