In the last few years, I’ve worked very hard in order to stop being afraid of doing mistakes. It took baby steps but it truly liberated my work and myself as an artist. When you require perfection you invite paralysis. It creates a pattern : you see a mistake in what you have done, so you work more tightly to what you already know you can do, being stuck in the same old work. Staying away from risk and exploration. To get through this cycle I started with a simple (but extremely helpful) exercise; making UGLY paintings. This was really helpful. I started off thinking that this piece of work is INTENDED to be ugly. I could do anything I wanted on the paper or the canvas. I explored, tried new mediums and also had fun. Every time I do this exercise I learn something and it always gives me new paths and new explorations to follow.
Do you struggle with the same fear too? Did you ever try this exercise ?
Le début d’une belle collaboration avec @joanniehoule_art 💛 c’est tellement intéressant et inspirant de collaborer avec Joannie. Suivez nous dans le développement de notre projet dans les prochains mois ✍🏻👯♀️ #joannieetlysa
A lot of work in progress in our studio. Feels good to have new pieces around me. I’ve been craving new perspectives lately as they often make my paintings shift. They don’t need to be very complicated. A walk in a park, a new book, music or a visit at the botanical garden fuelled my spirit lately💛
I thought it might be interesting to share a bit of my path as a painter as I tend to share only images and stories about my artwork. My name is Lysa Jordan, I am from Trois Rivières but moved to Montreal 4 years ago to work as an interior designer and painter. I was and still am very close to my grandmother (she has Instagram @denise_lacerte_jordan 😍) who thought me to paint at a very young age. We would spend hours in her studio, experimenting with just about every medium you can imagine. Thanks to her, painting became my way to experiment, express and create. During my teenage years I got lost and decided to study in business. I had no clue what to do as I was told art was not an easy path. After a few years of searching I finally ended in the art program at the university of sherbrooke. The program is really hands on and gave me so much more more confidence as a painter. After finishing the art program, I decided to continue my path in interior design. I loved it too, a lovely mix of problem solving, creative thinking and aesthetics. I still work as an interior designer part time and am now a full time painter. 💛 I feel really lucky that I felt lost and decided take the time to reflect on what really makes me feel good. Doing that we love is so important. 🐶🌈🎨
Some pieces of art are hard to let go and it was the case with “carefully”. Thanks to @sergio_castano_p I have this photo (and many others 😅)before it left for @westelmmtl and into @bijouteriemichelstpierre home 😊💛