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saraht

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on: April 08, 2014, 06:18:09 AM
Hi,

I have this painting I'm working on and I've got so far and then I got BORED with it. I haven't touched it in weeks even though I have the time. I don't want to start a different painting because I think this one could be good when it's finished and finishing a painting always gives me a big boost.

Anyone else had this problem and what did you do about it? :-\


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Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 06:30:17 AM
Put it away until it is fresh again for you and work on something else.  Don't put your time on hold because of it.
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Reply #2 on: April 08, 2014, 10:27:54 AM
Yes, same problem. 

Just keep thinking of how happy you will be when it's done and all the compliments you will get when people see it.


For example, the diner painting that I posted Sunday night was something I started back in February.  I never took it off my watercolor painting table so that it would haunt me until it was done.

Finally, last week, I made the determination to finish it just to get it out of the way so I could do something else.


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Reply #3 on: April 08, 2014, 10:37:01 AM
Looks like I just need more spine and to knuckle under and get it done. You're right about the good feeling when its finished. I needed to be told "just do it!"


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Reply #4 on: April 08, 2014, 12:27:32 PM
now would be a good time to post the painting. The feedback will give you motivation and places to start working on again. What I do when I get bored with a piece is say to myself - just finish x. Then when x is finished, I say, just finish y and so on until the painting is complete ;D


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Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 02:38:14 PM
What I do when I get bored with a piece is say to myself - just finish x. Then when x is finished, I say, just finish y and so on until the painting is complete ;D
I'm gonna have to learn a few more alphabets!!  :eek:



When I get stuck, bored, or just frustrated... I switch between painting to drawing or vice versa. It gives me just enough of a break to build the enthusiasm again. A change is as good as a rest. You'll get there Sarah.  O0
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Reply #6 on: April 10, 2014, 04:31:15 AM
Sarah, you have received some wonderful words of wisdom here.  Natalie is right, don't put your time on hold and Val is so wise too in saying that do something other than painting, draw something else or try pastels and now we have pen and ink to try too.  It will give you that diversion that you need and then in a little while, you will feel renewed enthusiasm to go in and finish your painting.   Patricia
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Reply #7 on: April 10, 2014, 07:29:42 AM
You could also try banging out something maybe more abstract, looser, perhaps smaller painting. They tend to be quicker and another successful completion could give you the kick along to get back to your annoying one.

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Reply #8 on: April 10, 2014, 07:37:28 AM
I agree with Nolan - please post what you've done so far. I can't tell you how many paintings I've started and halfway through thought - this isn't working.  And then I return to it anywhere from a day to several weeks later and voila - it works! I bet the rest of us will see what you don't...
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Reply #9 on: April 10, 2014, 08:28:12 AM
Sarah,

You are getting good advice.  Out of the blue last night, I finished a 16 x 20 painting that I had started last December.   All it needed was another palm frond and punching up the color on the existing fronds.  So simple.  Now I feel great to have it done.

Will photo and post later today.

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Reply #10 on: April 28, 2014, 05:08:00 AM
Well, I took all your comments into account and after another few weeks of procrastinating, the "just get it done" wasn't working for me. So I put it away and banged out a smaller painting in just 4 1/2 hours. Tried for a looser painting technique. I just posted it, "Jonathan Seagull," on the oil encourager forum.

Thanks so much to everyone who tried to help me past my painting block.


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Reply #11 on: April 28, 2014, 12:53:26 PM
and just look at the result O0


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Reply #12 on: April 28, 2014, 02:42:45 PM
 :congrats:   You're back even better than before!!!  :yippee:
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Reply #13 on: May 02, 2014, 03:28:41 AM
I've hidden them under my paint leftovers.


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Reply #14 on: May 25, 2014, 12:05:44 PM
Germa, yes, it's difficult guaging a paintings' progress when you start working more than expected in any given area too long. I usually try to get the canvas covered first of all fast. That in itself is kind of like what Saraht is saying....it's surprising how much progress appears in a short amount of time that way. Then, it's just narrowing things down from there. But then, art isn't like mathmatics, it's always going to have exceptions. That feeling you have....sure, i know it well. I have to get something going FAST, otherwise, i get to that point too.
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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