Getting out of your comfort zone
Every Monday and Wednesday I go along to Natalia Spitale's studio to paint and to learn alongside other budding artists, and on Monday I finished a painting of my dog, Rudi, which would generally mean that I would either start a new painting on Wednesday, or take some time out and practice drawing. However, Natalia has recently been working with clay sculpture in her classes for kids, and I asked if I could give it a go. I had no idea where to start, but it was a lot of fun getting my hands dirty. I can't say that Rodin need worry anytime soon, but I am going to have another go.
On Friday I went to see Sunna Wathen in her studio, and got involved in painting with watercolour, something that again I had never done before, and always shied away from as it seemed a bit too unforgiving for me. I have to say I had no idea there were so many different types of watercolour paint! I particularly enjoyed using the liquid almost ink like variety, and had fun seeing how the paint reacted to wax crayon and bleach.
Getting out of my comfort zone reminded me of how pushing yourself to try new things can make you think differently about how you work with what you are used to, and may lead to a whole new favourite.