Who Killed It?

"You killed it" can mean: 


  1. You killed something (it), for example: "That spider is dead because you killed it." 
  2. Someone did something that ruined the joke. You wouldn't say "you killed it" to someone who just told a bad joke, you would say it to someone who took a good joke too far and made it not funny.

Illiteral (sic, Wicki):

  1. Someone did something exceptionally well, along the same lines as "you nailed it." For example, if someone won a ribbon on a painting you could say, "You killed that competition."
  2. When someone does something or wears something that is too sensational to describe.

  3. When someone says or does something to destroy the current flow of rich interaction. source: Internet

So, Who Killed It? Your creativity, your drive to explore and play? To discover a new stroke, color mixture, composition for your toolbox? If you're a writer, every sentence is a labor of un-love (sic, Wicki)?

Too Much Information? (guilty) You've read every new book and article on every medium under the sun and have a desire to do them all? You've taken workshops that have turned everything you were comfortable with upside down and now you can't do anything? 

Distractions? Allowing daily chores to come first? Kida/Pets/Neighbors in your space? Computer: Social Media/Marketing/Art Related avoidance tactics? Too much TV as you sit all cuddled up in your chair with favorite hairy kids snuggled in your lap? (guilty)

Jack of All Trades, Master of None? (guilty) One of my early teachers/mentors, Kippy Hammond, once told me this sage advice: Landscape, Still Life, Figurative–Oil, Pastel, Watercolor–Impressionistic, Realistic, Abstract. Pick ONE from each group. My smart mouth answer back was "How will I know what I really want to do if I haven't tried it and at least gained some competence with it?" Newsflash 8 years later: she was right to a certain degree.

"Pinning the Hat" Pierre-August Renoir, 1898 Steiglitz/Fisk/Crystal Bridges Collection

"Pinning the Hat" Pierre-August Renoir, 1898
Steiglitz/Fisk/Crystal Bridges Collection

Mentor trained you too well? hmmmm. that's a hard one. Your eye has been trained to spot every out-of-drawing error, misplaced warm/cool color, compositional issues to the point you talk yourself out of trying. Ever have the audacity of claiming a Renoir was out-of-drawing? I did. Guess we all have to do our share of trial and error, and here's proof.

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