It’s OK to change your design. You may have planned it one way, but if your instinct tells you to change it, it’s OK to go with that thought.
Ages ago I use to be terrified to make any changes to my pieces once I had them planned out. My thought process wanted everything to be perfect, so change was right out. Even if I felt like the piece needed to be worked out differently, I stuck to my plan like glue.
After many years of painting I thought, well why not? What was I so afraid of? I could change anything I wanted on the piece. It was after all my piece. That’s something that I didn’t really adhere to before this realization. I use to feel that I was painting to accomplish the piece as planned. We’ve been taught through so many institutions be that school or work that you push through it to finish. With these thoughts, what was I really finishing? I was finishing pieces that may look perfectly fine to everyone else, but to me there was a variation I wish I had tried.
At first I tried this change in the middle of a piece and I really struggled. I wrangled more so with the thought of changing something I had in process than the execution of the change. After that, I felt so much better. I realized that these were my pieces, no one else’s, and that if I needed or wanted to turn a head, change the colors, or even start over then it was perfectly fine to make this decision.
It sounds simple, but there are artists everywhere who struggle with this concept as well. I hope to inspire them to go for it. It’s just paint. You have to try it to get over that hurdle before you can become comfortable with the idea. So, I challenge those of you who want to make changes in their pieces and go ahead, get uncomfortable and do it. Without trying something new you may never pass that personal challenge that you always wanted to apply.