One of the two finalists was an extremely talented person, but she only designs in black material. The other finalist put on a show of inventive, interesting pieces with a limited but effective color palette that made the other designer's collection look (forgive me) like a snooze fest. Though the judges were supportive of the woman's decision to stay true to her "universe" of black, I felt like she was limiting herself and her creativity by refusing to work with color.
The painting below was intended from the start to be an abstraction. You can see how well that went. So; while it is very pleasant to look at,shouldn't I be trying to push myself into less comfortable territory?