On Experimenting

I don't know about you but I am a rule follower. If I'm not doing the "right thing" then I am out of my comfort zone. That being said, I do think it's important to break the rules and experiment in art. I don't usually even try out an idea unless I'm pretty sure it's going to turn out. (That's why I have all pinterest wins! Ha ha!). Experimenting feels foreign and scary to me. I mean, what if I don't like the outcome? Gasp!

Every weekday morning, I have 40 minutes of silence between the time the big kids get on the bus and the little kid gets up. I normally use that time to drink coffee, look at some sort of social media or email and start to work. I'd love to draw and paint but it's not really enough time to start and finish a painting. Because, heaven forbid, I have to work on something in more than one sitting. ;) Are you getting the hint that I like short and successful art projects? 

But this morning, I decided to do some experimenting. I wanted to see how different colors would move and work on the pages of my sketchbook. Right away, things weren't turning out exactly how I saw them in my mind but I told myself to simmer down and keep going. Pictures below. I'm going to try to do this more often and I may not even post every experiment on the blog but just keep them for myself whether or not I think they are a success or failure.

What about you? Do you play it safe in whatever creative outlet you have? Do you love to experiment? Is it scary or exciting? What do you discover about yourself or your art in the process? I'd love to know!