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patindaytona

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on: October 04, 2012, 05:44:57 AM
Been about a week now without doing a thing painting or drawing. I have a monsterous photo i have carbonized the back with already. It's waiting for me to trace onto the canvas.
i feel bad that i have let things go this long, and it's going to be a while yet..before doing anything.
Even 15 min. is going to alter how i feel and get no sleep. I slept about 3 hours last night! Haven't had nearly that much in years. I know it!
It's all so tricky.. 15 min..a day wont' work because i know i'll be wound up till the painting is complete. I feel much more relaxed now and hadn't experienced this in 3 years. I'm serious!
I almost am developing a fear to paint again. I don't know what to do...i don't think it'll hurt if i even took a whole month off (even though i hope i don't wait that long). As long as i tell myself..Pat, you WILL pick it up again and a month isn't going set you "back"??? Trying not to worry too much here.
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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Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 07:07:07 AM
Take the month off Pat.  You will come back refreshed and feeling that you took care of yourself. We all want that for you :hug:


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Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 07:31:35 AM
Go ahead, take the time off, Pat.  You won't lose your skills.  Just look how much better you're feeling already.

Great to hear you're getting more sleep, hope it continues.  You might be surprised one day if it becomes 8 hours.

Nice to see you checking in on us during your down time.   :hug:
"The way to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that's impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."


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Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 07:50:15 AM
Lynn..you wouldn't be telling me to take a month off just to get me out of your hair, would you? ;D
Lillian and Lynn...guess waht...i just now traced the photo thru to the canvas. I thought i would take maybe about 20 min.......ends up about a good hour instead. Alot more than i though. I was getting intense....now Ill find out how that affected me tonight and how hyper i'll be. Kind of a test in a way..but I'm not doing any painting no way...sketch turned out nice. I was afraid of those small faces and placement of nostrils, eyes, etc...but their postiions are pretty good. Still.........going to be a judgement call on the faces....they are small!
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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Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 10:23:15 AM
Even in your struggles, Pat, your perseverance and always seeking what works for you is inspirational.  :)


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Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 11:17:58 AM
take as much time off as you need Pat, you will know when you are ready to take up the brushes again O0


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Reply #6 on: October 04, 2012, 11:22:23 AM
Thanks Rky. I just got out some old ones and finally varnished about 5 of them. I was almost tempted to start "oh, i'll just do this little thing real quick"....but then, if i did..i'd have to wait another few month ..again! (to varnish)

Alot of them are just terrible! All i can tell myself is that these were all learning paintings.
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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Reply #7 on: October 04, 2012, 11:24:20 AM
Pat...you're a prince!   :) :) :)


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Reply #8 on: October 04, 2012, 11:27:11 AM
pat if you need to take time off then do so like nolan says you'll know when your ready to pick your brushes up again, and you can still keep in touch with us  O0  think about yourself pat  take care
jennylynn


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Reply #9 on: October 04, 2012, 11:54:26 AM
Jenny...i'm busy "scratching" my old paintings with my palette knife....You look at old stuff and you see right away things that could improve it...just a little here and there...i scratched off some very dark darks in the shadows of a portrait. Looks better. It's so easy to get involved with something!
It's the creative process going on...
Thanks Jenny for your very kind input with me. It's crazy how i have to organize, structure, diet??, around my problem, to fit in painting.
I'll have to face it though..eventually when i do paint again, i'll got thru it all again, but will just have to stop cold turkey after each completed painting for a couple weeks.
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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Reply #10 on: October 04, 2012, 09:42:40 PM
Pat, if taking time out results in better thought processes and, happier contentment then, it's the right path. Art is to be enjoyed by the creator and recipient alike. If the manifestation of a work comes as a result of torment, pain and consequence then, it's not worth it.
Relax, sing, whistle, smile and dance while you work and, clock out at the right time!  :painting: :coffee: :hug:
''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 #11 on: October 05, 2012, 03:28:02 AM
Well put Tony. Let me put it this way, it's kind of like drinking (which i don't do), but it's FUN while drinking, then you pay the hangover later on. So, most (not all) of the time, it's an after effect which will last days. The whole deal is like a rubber ball...very very flexible in nature and it's an "art" just to cope with that aspect alone.
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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