This week, I painted a watercolor nebula. I struggled hard with this painting. I wanted something beautiful and bright but also dark. But, when I started, I just couldn’t see it.
This is what it looked like when I first started. Just a bunch of wet colors blending into each other. My normal method of doing an illustration is a rough sketch, a tight sketch, transfer onto a painting surface, paint, and then ink. But this, this isn’t an “illustration.” I wanted to be free and flowing.
It scared me shitless.
Some lovely ladies gave me wonderful advice and I walked away from this painting for a night. I let it sit and I let myself breathe. I felt like locking myself in a dark closet because I felt like I was being “too loose,” if that makes any sense.
But I knew I had to continue.
I knew I wanted to put a quote on this painting but I wasn’t sure what. After searching on Pinterest, I picked “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” This quote didn’t exactly make my soul sing but I felt it was appropriate for my painting.
The next day, after painting a little more, I decided I didn’t want that quote on my painting anymore. While a beautiful quote, it didn’t feel right any more. But this quote did.
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” Fearless. Soul. Fire. These three words, for me, are directly related to this painting. I wanted to be fearless. I wanted this painting to make my soul sing. I wanted to feel the fire of creation burning.
I inked this quote in my sketchbook and added to the painting digitally.
Is this painting perfect? Does that matter? I feel like something shifted in me while painting and writing out this quote. I’m not sure what yet. But I like it.
What sets your soul on fire?
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