Who is the robot?
The robot is that part of us that works mechanically. He performs many of our actions and responses that are automatic in that they need no conscious attention on our part to direct them.
And it's great! Great for driving, cooking onions and a multitude of other daily actions. Whats the robot not great for?
Definitely, better to paint consciously. That's not to say every stroke should be directed by the intellect or the will. It means being conscious of our heart and deepest inner feelings and then focusing that on our work.
Funny enough, the robot loves to paint, too bad he doesn't do a very good job of it. He loves to paint as you plan your next "aware" brush stroke. Truth be told, your painting could be halfway or even two thirds painted by the robot.
What can be done to combat this great ally but bad painter?
Here's some strategies that I like to apply:
- When you lay a stroke down on the canvas do so with intention and an openness to possibilities inherent in the present moment.
- Paint a brush stroke and then step back. Leave the poor thing alone for a bit.
- Don't use a "licking" brush motion on your canvas. That's a tell tale sign that the robots there, undoing most of your conscious painting with those licking strokes as your parsing your next move.
- Change up the way you hold your brush. This is the best painting advise I've given on this blog. Changing up your brush handling resets your brain and keeps you present and the robot at bay.
There's plenty more great strategies, but that's a good start. Maybe you can dream up a few of your own now that the issues out in the open.
In closing since the robots been filling up many of your paintings with unnecessary unmindful brushstrokes. Just getting this monkey off your back alone will improve your work immensely.