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patindaytona

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on: November 25, 2011, 08:32:34 AM
Taking a few days off. I have always had the problem of getting zero sleep when I paint. It's kind of like rapid eye movement during the night, but actually not sleeping. I'm going over my painting in my head and see every detail and figuring out ideas to fix it while awake.
I also have the big problem of being very very aggitated if I paint too much, and it doesn't take much at alll, even an hour for a day or two. It also arises because of constant reading 8-10 hours every day on the computer about how to paint (and typing messages in the forum ;D
So, I go out somewhere with this obviously very serious and aggitated look on my face and it makes me paranoid as H.   I try not to go out at all if i can help it.  We all take painting seriously, but it's something I carry with me everywhere. If we go out to a b.party someones' having at their house, everyone is happy and excited, but I'm so deep and serious. I'm thinking of only getting ahead by doing something like painting well in my life.
I wish it didn't cause me to get aggitated and no sleep, otherwise I'd be painting alot more than I am. It's hard to balance my health with my goals.

What it is is too much processing of information :whistle:
« Last Edit: November 25, 2011, 11:51:41 AM by patindaytona »
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


Lillian

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Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 01:51:44 PM
Try not to take painting so seriously.  It's great to have a passion for painting but when it becomes stressful, it's no fun at all.

Maybe if you try putting all the info. aside for a while and just watch the videos here and follow along as best you can, you might become more relaxed.

I found the wrinkles difficult to do, can't imagine why but I just did my best, didn't get too frustrated but I did find myself doing brush strokes in my sleep.  Maybe that's  sign I was pushing myself too far.

Painting will get easier for us, no doubt in my mind as we follow along with what Nolan and Dennis have to offer.

Cheers,
Lillian
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Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 03:38:27 PM
I agree Lillian. Even though I am only painting 20 min a day or so sometimes more, the way Nolan is teaching us is so direct that we will learn to paint quickly.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


 

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