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Treat yourself to an alter ego

September 8, 2015

Layered RealmSo if writers can adopt a nom de plume, artists can do something similar with an alter ego, can’t they? Instead of trying to work in a consistent style and staying true to your “brand” ALL of the time, take a break and do something outside your usual approach to artmaking. Adopt an alter ego to create something without the usual limitations!

Dean Nimmer, author of Creating Abstract Art, says:

…I confess, I have an alter ego napost18-Nimmer's book covermed Unique Fredrique and I’m glad I do! My Unique personality comes from my insatiable drive to create without being bound by the conventional norms of what is acceptable picture making for a serious painter. Of course, anytime you start thinking about what your audience might say about your work, you’re already in trouble.

Unique F. even has his own Etsy site.

What a great idea—to give yourself permission to have fun and create with complete abandon. And to take it even further and provide a venue for your alter ego to show his/her work.

Here are a couple pieces that my alter ego produced (painting right over old paintings):

Alter ego pieces

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mikki Aronoff permalink
    November 23, 2015 7:05 am


    Sent from my iPad


    Liked by 1 person

    • November 23, 2015 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Mikki! I think having an alter ego is a great solution for loosening up and expanding boundaries…I have to keep reminding myself.


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