The Way I'm Painting Now

This particular comment has popped up more than once recently on my Instagram and it makes me smile every time. 

I didn't even realize that I was doing this one particular thing when painting until people started commenting about it on my Reels... 

Adam Trest Painting with his hand in his pocket

While this isn't actually a question to give a straightforward answer to like what I listen to while I paint or why foxes are so prevalent in my work, it's another part of my story that impacts the way that I create. 

I like to paint with my hand in my pocket. 

But it wasn't always like this. 

Once people started watching my painting videos and pointing it out to me, I started thinking back and wondering if I had always done this. 

And I don't think this has always been the case.

It's a newer thing for me. 

And when I dig underneath the surface as to what this simple gesture represents only one word comes to mind: 


Over the years I've painted in a lot of different styles. 

The way I'm painting now - watercolor technique without actually using watercolors - is the most comfortable for me. 

Painting this way comes so easy to me now. 

I don't have to be on guard or anxious. I am creating from a place of comfort. 

I feel so confident in the way I'm painting now because it's how I started painting as a child. 

It just took me a little while to fully find my flow. 

Each person has to do the hard and long work to discover their own process and eventually create in their most natural ways. 

This truth is not just for artists, but for every person who has some sort of creative outlet or hobby - which I highly encourage. 

There is such a deep connection to finding your own comfort throughout the creative process.

And you don't get there without trying new things first. 

I have absolutely loved answering questions and comments in long form like this. I fully plan on writing more content like this in the future. If you have any questions or things you're curious about my creative process or work as a a full time artist, I would love to hear them. 

You can reply to my weekly VIP Newsletter emails with your questions or eave comments or DMs on my Instagram. 

I can't wait to see what you're curious about.  

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Can you elaborate on watercolor technique without using watercolors? What do you use?


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