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Tousabella

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on: August 19, 2012, 01:09:25 PM


I guess we all have "Bad Days" putting what we want on paper, trying to get the right colors, and wanting to put some soul in your work....and...everything seems to go 'South'.  I've ripped up a couple of paintings and cut a few to use for paint testers, hearing a voice say, "Don't throw away your painting...Put it away and come back to it later."
Frustration has set in so often on this beginner painter, but the Gurus,....( the Clark Boys), have given so much encouragement, and always overlay it with attitude. NEVER, I CAN'T, or I QUIT CUZ I'M SO DUMB NOT TO GET IT  doesn't come into the equation....I CAN DO IT,  I AM GETTING BETTER,  I WILL GET THIS. And, it works!!  Dennis has pulled me out of my doldrums with just a suggestion and a pat on the back for trying. I just read one of his comments that led me to write this. "When you are feeling down, and frustrated on work you're doing, look back when you first started and see how far you've progressed".  It's so true....and so is believing in yourself.
I may not always remember which colors make what, but I'm learning ...... and enjoying it.  Heck, I've already gone thru by blue, red and yellow pans....Isn't that awesome?!!!  I KNOW that I can only get better as we go along on this wonderful journey.
Dennis and Nolan make the classes exciting, informative, and... fun. Something inside of us responds so dramatically to our tutors that we can hardly wait for the next class.  That means they're doing it right, and we believe in ourselves. We look forward eagerly to our next one to learn more.
Thanks C B (Clark boys), in having us as members of this great 'Paint Family'. You have more than 'done your job' for most of us.
Retta

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Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 01:56:21 PM
Sorry to hear you are so disheartened.  I think that that is what we are all here for (both on PB but also in life) to catch each other when we fall.  You know, your good day is often my bad day.  Tousabella,  this is a good time to tell you that I looked through your gallery some time ago and really enjoyed several thinks you've done.  I admire your drawings and especially the little painting, I think it is of a Fall day (really beautiful).  Love your peony.  I think our good paintings are really a culmination of all the not so great ones we've done along the way.   :) :) So wish there was an easier route too.
Seems like it takes alot of  :sweat: and  :tickedoff: to get there.  Know that you are appreciated.  Keep the PB faith  :hug:


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Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 02:07:40 PM
we all get discouraged and disheartened every now and again, especially when we feel we are trying our best and nothing seems to work out. Yet another day everything goes smooth and we create a master piece with ease.

I know it happens to me as well, even now after 16 years of painting. All I can say is that as you progress those bad days get less and the good days get more.  :clap:


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Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012, 03:03:16 PM
Bella, I know where you are coming from. It is easy to get discouraged. I was working on a watercolor this week. Did the drawing. Looked good, then I started painting. Fustration came, discouragement came. And down right  :tickedoff: I said to myself, why am I doing this? Then I look back , and see my accomplishments. How much I have learned. you have also come a long way. Stay in there. That is why we are all here to learn and to encourage each other.  :1hug: :1hug:
Nina  :flowers:
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning, the devil says. "OH NO, SHES UP!"


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Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 04:28:53 PM
Thanks guys....I'm not discouraged....not any more, thanks to the C B's. and so many painters on the forum.  I was just hoping it would help some of the newer students who are having doubts.  There are days that don't work right, but a long talk to myself usually fixes it!  :knuppel2:
Thru Paint Basket, I've learned to truly like what I'm doing.  When I find it won't come together, I put it in the drawer and bring it out when I've learned more. The following lesson is usually the  :idea: moment of why it wasn't working.
Thanks, again, for your comments.
« Last Edit: August 19, 2012, 04:33:25 PM by Tousabella »
Retta

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Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 04:35:08 PM
There is not one artist on this earth that has not gone through the experience of frustration and "negative" emotions - not once, but many times.

Art is a journey - sometimes exciting and other times can be very depressing. In my younger days before I got married I did a lot of bicycle riding (not racing) on a standard bike with no gears, sometimes as much as 300 miles in a month. Let me use this as an analogy and apply it to art - or any other learning project for that matter.

The more you ride the fitter you become.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

After a while the sore muscles disappear and the flat country rides become a pleasure. OH, my :heeha: there's a mountain ahead :eek: Do you go forward or turn around? Nah! your great rewards are on the other side of it. Keep going! The mountain has it uphills and its downhills - even long before you reach the summit. Huff! Puff! ride and push :sweat: ad infinitum.

Suddenly - what a wonderful view :) Looking back you can hardly believe the height you have attained and the distance travelled. You start the next part of the journey freewheeling at great speed down the road - the other uphills along the way are not a problem anymore.

The more you ride, the mountains are not "mountains" anymore but rather challenges to overcome in order to see new views and vistas for  :painting:

« Last Edit: August 20, 2012, 03:39:06 AM by dennis »
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Reply #6 on: August 20, 2012, 01:49:16 AM
Dennis, It was realy touching to read your words and it is so true in everything in life. Thank you for those wonderful lines. :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
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Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 03:07:08 AM
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Reply #8 on: August 20, 2012, 03:30:00 AM
I will never look at our Yorkshire mountain hills the same again!
Thank you Dennis for such words of wisdom and thought provoking.  O0
''Don't spend life going forward in reverse, just glimpse the rear view mirror now and again then, focus on what lays ahead''.
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Reply #9 on: August 20, 2012, 04:33:04 AM
 :thankyou:  Dennis for being here for us with words of wisdom and encouragement.
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Reply #10 on: August 20, 2012, 06:36:45 AM
OH NO!   :doh:   More vistas?   :faint:
My brain and my computer are so full of ideas and vistas I don't know where to start.
 I think I'm going to wear out the buttons on my camera. I was actually getting a bit down on myself because I didn't know what to do first. When you don't know which direction to go...start at the beginning...brilliant.   :doh:  I'm back on track and really feeling excited to be moving forward again, thanks to all you folks out there and yes...our very own Clark Boys.   O0
 Dang they're good!   :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #11 on: August 20, 2012, 07:14:27 AM
yes thanks to the clark boys!!!   dennis your words are always full of wisdom and definately thought provoking, yes, as you all know i too get disheartened and discouraged  :2funny: :2funny:  but you are all there to give words of encouragement and support! that is what families are for! arn't they  O0
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Reply #12 on: August 20, 2012, 08:41:38 AM
Great words of wisdom Dennis.  O0 O0thank you.  But I don't do bikes.  :2funny: :2funny:
Nina  :flowers:
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Reply #13 on: August 20, 2012, 10:45:07 AM
Oh man... I  :smitten: this art family  :hug: ... I have been feeling a little disheartened and low too the past few days... :whistle: and so happy to hear that I am not the only one  :sweat:

Dennis/Nolan, you both give such wise and encouraging words... yes I know sometimes it might feel to you that you need to push us up hill in a wheelbarrow  :whistle:  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: ...  :thankyou: for all your encouragement.\  ;)
Leana

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Reply #14 on: August 20, 2012, 11:06:17 AM
Thanks everyone for the pep talk!  I guess I needed that!! :thankyou: :thankyou:
Dianne

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