You'll probably remember my previous sugar-coated painting, 'Toothache' and I mentioned that I might do a series of different colours?
Well right now I'm working on the second and this photo captures a moment (during a time-lapse video I'm making), where I am about to start a new session...
..This captured moment of hesitation is significant, because I know exactly where my mind would have been at the time. It doesn't matter how many times I create a new painting, there is still always a point where I am nervous about the outcome... I stare at my panel, brush in hand and convince myself 'I can't do this'.
But when you really think about it, the physical feeling of nervousness - (negative) is the exact same physical feeling of excitement (positive). The only difference, is in the mindset itself... Interesting, right?
Thankfully with experience, these moments have become short-lived. When I find my myself hesitating like this for anything other than planning, I try to channel my mind towards excitement, rather than fear.
It really is all in the mind. The secret is using that familiar physical feeling to trigger the positive mindset, rather than the negative one. (Tell me if you ever figure out how to do that!)
Needless to say, I'm significantly further on with this painting now and so far so good! I'll post a WIP shot on the next few days, so watch this space!
Q. So, what do you do to combat negative thoughts?