Copying Myself for the Creative Process

by KRadmin
Three paintings

Lately I’ve been exploring new techniques and trying to branch out of my comfort zone when creating. Many times, when I sit down and paint I have in mind what I want the end result to look like and have a routine for how I go about getting the result I’m looking for, but sometimes that limits my creative process. Creativity is not about limits, it’s about the process and the limitless possibilities.

Someone who’s message is all about the creative process is Emily Jeffords. I recently found her podcast, Do It For The Process, and the tips she shares with listeners in this podcast are priceless. In her first episode she shares 14 ways to remain inspired and connected to your creative process. All 14 of the things she mentions are great but one that stuck out to me is the tip to copy yourself. Copying is obviously not something that is tolerated in the creative community but it had never occurred to me to copy my own work. To repaint something I’ve already painted seemed interesting and new to me.

So, that is what I did this weekend. I sat down and completed one painting and then the very next day I went back and repainted it. I think it would be interesting to repaint an older piece of artwork to see the differences in technique over time but I chose to do a more recent painting of mine. Even between the short period of time though, I saw differences in my two paintings and points that I liked and disliked between each. It was a great way to practice my painting and added a fresh take on my process. Here are the images of paintings, the left is the original and the right is the copy. Tell me what you think in the comments below, have you ever copied your own work before?

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