I hope this finds you well. I’d love to talk about comfort zones and risk-taking for a moment.
Last month, I created a commissioned painting for a business in my hometown of Green Bay, WI. They wanted me to paint something based on an older painting I did about ten years ago (pictured up top).
What I noticed right away was how relaxed this request made my body feel.
As a painter who usually chooses to stay on my risk-taking edge in the name of aliveness and continued creative evolution, the idea of painting something “known” actually felt like a relief to my nervous system.
I didn’t paint a direct replica (I don’t think that’s even possible!), but I did paint something with the same general color palette, shapes, and vibe. Of course, I’m not the same painter I was ten years ago, so this piece still felt fresh, while also feeling familiar and a bit nostalgic.
My experience of painting it was light, joyful, and… comfortable. It reminded me that leaning into what’s known once in a while can be just as important as the spark that comes from pushing into new territory.
And just like in life, I believe both experiences are valid and necessary.