A significant shift in art-making for me over the last while is that I now work on a group of paintings, instead of just one at a time. This process—which I picked up from the Creative Visionary Program with Nicholas Wilton—has made all the difference in the world. I’m more productive, the work comes easier, I don’t over-work one, and all of the paintings in the series relate to each other.
Nicholas Wilton, the founder of Art2Life and the Creative Visionary Program encourages a process of multiples. Nick says…
This is a big game changer. It turns out that our brain—our creativity muscle—loves to do multiples. It’s not harder, it’s easier.Nicholas Wilton, The Creative Visionary Program
Nick kindly let me share the following video with you where he talks about how it is easier to Make Two. At least…
If you think that you can’t work on two paintings at once you’re in for a surprise. You will actually find that it is easier to work on two, three, four, or more at a time.
At the end of the video Nick is talking about the free annual Art2Life program.
The Creative Visionary Program (CVP)
with Nicholas Wilton
This may be the perfect next step for you and your art.
CVP is a 12-week online program that Nick has developed to offer you a clear, sequential method for creating your best and most personal art yet. In essence? This is about becoming the artist you are meant to be.
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Reasons to work on multiple pieces of art at the same time:
1. Repetition increases efficiency
You can batch process similar tasks. It’s faster for instance to prep a bunch of panels as you begin: tape the edges, sand, and gesso them all.
2. Less wasted paint
It’s a more efficient use of art materials. When you mix up a quantity of paint, or you melt too much encaustic block directly on a heated palette, you can use it up on multiple panels at a time.
3. Creates a very cohesive series
There will be a strong, interconnected conversation between the works. Marks, colours, energy will be similar.
4. Removes the tendency to overwork a painting
Working in this way helps us avoid the tendency to hyperfocus and constrict the creative process. If you work too long on one thing you may become stuck, your energy lags and you start to overthink and overwork the painting. By working on multiple paintings at a time, you can set aside a painting when you start to feel stuck and move to another. You will feel your energy return.
5. Creates stronger work more easily / consistently
When we have more energy, the art will be better. You’re working in a heightened state of creativity.
When you bring a painting back into focus you’ll see it with fresh eyes.
7. Removes the fear of making a mistake
When you have ten boards on the go, nothing feels as precious, you make better art when you relax.
8. It builds momentum
If you work in multiples, you won’t get stuck. You’ll just move on to another painting and when you come back to it you’ll know what to do. You’ll be able to paint longer.
9. Problem solving
Marks made on one panel can inform what you do on another. If you do something on one, repeating it on another may be just what that other painting needed.
10. Frees us up to take risks
Not being attached frees us up to take risks and push our work further.
Have you tried it?
Have you had success working on multiple paintings at a time? Please share your comments below.
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