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on: July 20, 2013, 08:54:40 AM
if you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong
The problem with the process of painting (as well as many other visual art media)  is that you can always do more. There’s no concrete signal in the process of painting that something is officially “done”. We have to make that decision for ourselves, and that decision is frequently incredibly nerve wracking for many of us
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: August 06, 2013, 10:14:15 AM
I think you're right, Pat!  Art is therapeutic for me, so it has to be relaxing AND ENJOYABLE.  Yes, sometimes it is a little intense when I can't get something right, but still should be a satisfying experience, nevertheless! ~Liz


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Reply #2 on: August 06, 2013, 11:22:24 AM
So true! I'm just learning the fine art of enjoying the process, but have a ways to go yet. Hopefully as I gain skill and learn techniques, that will be the norm.  :painting:
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Reply #3 on: August 06, 2013, 11:47:43 AM
I find that after you've put time into something, not to mention expenses for alot of paint, and canvas...that that is already fuel....for the frustration. That alone causes me to get upset fast if I mess something up. I can't move forward knowing too well that I mess something up without being satisfied with it before moving on. I have heard only a few times................that YOU CAN FIX ANYTHING IN OIL PAINTING. i hope that is true.
That sky i am doing...what about deciding later to cover up some cumulous clouds with sky and not letting it look like patchwork?? Is that included??
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: August 06, 2013, 10:57:41 PM
That's 'artistic license', Pat!  Do whatever is needed to make your sky a sky, like they say 'the sky's the limit' (laugh)!


Are you using a reference photo?  Whenever I use one, I often end up creating my own composition and colors mainly because I go with what is easier to do.  This mainly applies to seascapes and landscapes that I like to do.  Does that make sense?


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Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 12:55:12 PM
Yes Liz, a reference, but really on such things as a sky, i usually don't even look at the photo anymore.
I'm using a black and white photo too.... :whistle: :whistle: But doing it in color. So, that probably does add some of the insecurity to it all.
I just got it out for 10 min. today..that's all. I think it's going to be ok now. Not super good, but I'm learning to accept my own shortcomings......i tend to really push myself and excpect so much that beofre moving onward, i toil till I can't stand myself anymore because it's not meeting my DEMANDS :whistle:
I have to learn to accept something short of my own expectations. And i am gradually.
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 #6 on: August 07, 2013, 01:10:04 PM
Good on you Pat .... that's another step forward.  O0
Cheers, Val

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