Let’s talk about the studio headspace

Hello there, I thought I would write down some things that have helped me along the way. My hope is this helps other creatives in their journeys. I would also love to hear what helps you! I love being connected to the wider world.

Palette knife floral study

Painting first of all is a tactile process. It is juicy and gooey. I love mixing paint and then swiping it onto the canvas or wood. It brings you right into the moment.

I like that about painting. Sometimes, I’ll lose my focus and then I’ll have to slow down and reconnect. I’ll even have to redo a section if I get lost in the lovely paint! I try and stay loose and happy while I’m painting.

This isn’t always an easy process for me. I try and leave my expectations and worries at the door. I found that writing down my worries on paper helps. Building a task list is another one. There is something powerful about crossing something off on a paper list.

Once that is done, I can come to the work with clear eyes. Noise is another big problem for me. I usually am wearing noise canceling headphones when I work. It blocks out lawnmowers and barking dogs. The best time for me is when everyone has gone to bed. No noise at all!

I’m trying to create an upbeat atmosphere so I can keep going and relax into mixing color and working on sticking with my plan. I have to fight against changing mid painting! I do this by writing down the intrusive new idea and using it for the next painting, possibly.

Finally, the most important step. Protecting my mindset. Staying focused, relaxed, adapting to The negative self talk can be a real problem. I do little things to combat it. Making a schedule, watching deadlines and allowing myself time in the studio to get things done. I have a stack to finish or just start over on.

That might be the next step because I have a floral show coming up and I need to create a positive plan for that. Recycling paintings sometimes has to be done to move forward.

I will share with you a little painting video soon so you can see a floral come to life.

Take care and thanks for stopping by!


Shining Sea 8×10”

Published by Lisa Mahony

Lisa Mahony is an American contemporary artist who paints scenes of California and abstracts too. Visit my site at https://www.LisaMahonyFineArt.com to buy original paintings, prints, totes and more. I am currently showing at Olivas Adobe in Ventura, California. Follow me on FB at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.mahony.paints & IG @lisamahonyartist and @venturacountypaintings

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