Here's a small excerpt:
"Asking 'What could I do?' instead of 'What should I do?' can lead you to better, more creative answers, according to a recent working paper by a team of Harvard Business School professors.
Asking yourself, for example, 'What should I do with my life?' tacitly implies that there’s a right and a wrong answer to that question. It seems that the word should can cause us to think in black and white, while could reveals the in-between shades of gray."
It's easy to forget that there is no "right" or "wrong" in art making. I know that I get stuck in the, "Oh no, I ruined it!" rut, or the, "Oh no, I might ruin it!" fear.
Creativity is about exploring the possibilities. Some choices are better, or more interesting, or more provocative, than others, but always it's about trying things -- experimenting.
It occurs to me that creating in a series is all about the could. In one of my early podcasts, Jenn Mason mentioned that she always works on multiple canvases at the same time. I'm not quoting exactly, but she said something about how it allows her to make all the choices she's thinking of. If she's trying to decide whether the next layer should be blue or red, she can simply do one of each and see where the road leads.
I love that idea.
When I heard her say that, it changed the way I make art. I no longer wanted to be limited to one choice. I wanted the possibility of exploring many paths at the same time.
It's something I do all the time now, and it has really freed me.
Here is a recent series of four mixed media collages:
These all started the same way, and I worked on all four at the same time, with the same limited palette of supplies. Yet, they're all so different! Lots of coulds and absolutely zero shoulds!
I think it's important -- even when not working in a series -- to let go of should and allow your mind (and your paintbrush) to explore the could.
What do you think? Are you a should or a could art maker?
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