Munich Art Adventure {8}

What's one of the most important rules while you're creating something beautiful?

I had to take a lot of steps back for this painting "Karen".

I had to take a lot of steps back for this painting "Karen".

It's a rule that is easily forgotten, but that can save you from making tons of mistakes.


Here's the rule: Take a step back. a few steps away from the easel. 

Ideally this is how it would go down:

1. You make a mark.

2. You step back.

3. Blatant inaccuracies are recognized in an instant.

4. You make another mark and tweak and correct.

5. You step back again.

6. Rinse and repeat.


Don't get caught up in the doing, doing, doing.

You can easily get caught up in the doing, doing, doing. You're so close to the work. You want to be. You're on a roll. You're in the zone. 

But one of the biggest mistakes when you're working like this is NOT to take a step back and look at your creation from a distance.

Stepping back is an easy tool to give you PERSPECTIVE. And I'm not talking about one point, two point or three point perspective. I'm talking about seeing the big picture. And gaining clarity. Quick.


Life gives you tons of situations where you're reminded to take a step back.

For example, today we visited my mother-in-law in the hospital, yesterday I had an MRI done (Good news: nothing deadly, but they did discover a curved nerve that produces spasms on the left side of my face), this week other people in my life have had to take a step back and gain perspective in different ways.


Get your priorities back.

When I'm painting and step back away from my easel, I start seeing the things that truly need to be worked on. Things that need more time.

I also see things that were time wasters. Things I fixated on, but that didn't really matter in the grand intention of my painting. I can let those go and not sweat it.

So next time when you're creating, don't forget to step back. Please make it a habit. 

Not only will you get further faster, you'll let go of the things that gave you unnecessary grief.


Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.
— Alan Kay