Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

by Catherine Jeltes in Inside My Artwork, Studio Bits

As artists–heck, as human beings–it is easy to stay with what is most familiar to us.  However, stepping out of our comfort zones and challenging ourselves pushes us to become better people and better artists.

One thing I’ve discovered teaching elementary art is that little kids are fearless in their creativity–always eager to try new things with no thoughts of failure.  Embracing that wild creative spirit, I took two older pieces I was never quite satisfied with and tried a new technique/medium.

I am in love.

Each painting is 6 x 6 inches, acrylic and oil pastel on cotton ragg paper.  These are unlike any other work in my portfolio, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Creating these pieces has opened a new artistic door for me.  And I intend to go through it.