Embracing the Unknown!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney

I strive to live my life never regretting the “what-ifs.”

What if I followed my dream to be a painter?

What if I started my own business?

What if I pursued my creativity?

What if I allowed myself to be curious?

I chose to run fully into my unknowns, accepting uncertainty, asking new questions, and forging new paths. I never want to regret the things I didn’t do or didn’t try. As a result, I treat every uncertainty as an opportunity for adventure and growth. Embracing this attitude in my general life and in my aspirations not only is fulfilling in my daily life, but it helps my painting!

All too often, artists are afraid of experimenting. They get locked into one particular style or subject matter, and fear branching out. Comfort and confidence settles in, and expanding into the unexperienced is frightening. While growing more and more comfortable with elements of painting is a wonderful and positive thing, continually keeping things fresh, raising the bar for yourself, and leaping into a new stye or subject matter allows you to ever expand your skillset.

What if I’m talented in a different medium, and I didn’t know it?

What if I’m better than I thought?

What if I can exceed my own expectations?

What if I don’t have limits to my creativity?

I have always enjoyed loose brushwork and bold colors, and these are core elements of my collections. While I’ve primarily focused on still life, animals, landscapes, and flowers, I recently found myself itching to try something slightly different, and utilize my signature styles to expand into a different genre: abstract. The concept of “abstract” was initially a little bit intimidating; there are so many ways to approach it, there are so many conventions that are broken, and people oftentimes have very strong opinions on abstract works of art. I leapt in, though, casting aside my fears and doubts, and signed up for an abstract painting course. Making my way through the lessons, I found that this style really speaks to me. I got to lean into elements of loose strokes and expressive brushwork that I love, and play even further with color. No longer questioning the “what-ifs” around abstract art, I found another style that I love.

Open new doors and try new things in your life as well as your art - you may be surprised with what you’ll find!

Caryl Pomales