I've recently started a watercolor class in an effort to de-stick-ify myself in terms of my drawing. Being a self-educated artist is a bitch because you're trying to develop yourself in a vacuum with your brain which is a really crappy teacher. The mind has a nasty habit of sidetracking you with useless information like how much there is still to learn and how great it would have been if you studied this when you were in school. Utterly pointless commentary, really.
The class has already been helpful because I have to let go of my obsession with lines and go straight to giant blobs of diffuse color. It would be really maddening but I'm embracing the whole I-don't-what-I'm-doing-so-PAINT-EVERYWHERE and I'm really enjoying it. Our teacher has us burning through paper in a way I would never do on my own because that shit is expensive. I have to let go of conserving -- which I do a ton of in my non-art life -- a focus purely on production. I'm optimistic about the effect this will have in all other areas of my creative life.
My new mantra is
Eventually become awesome.
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