Monday, April 2, 2012
Yorkshire Terrier 19 of 30 Daily Paintings
I feel I've been learning so much since I've started my daily painting challenge (and, yes, I realize that I'm behind schedule, but it's my challenge and I'm in charge of it). It's also given me a great sense of discipline, too, much more than I've ever had before.
Especially when I'm having a tough time making myself go to the easel, I set a timer for 15 minutes and tell myself that that's all I have to paint this session, just 15 minutes. About an hour or so later, I finally decide to take a break for a while. Works every time.
Starting paintings is easy, and I move along very happily confident in my abilities. Then I reach that middle part of the painting, where everything looks pretty darned hopeless (but I know every one of my paintings has to go through this, and they usually come out the other end just fine). This period is when I most need to push myself to keep coming back to the easel, even when I'm afraid. Then finally I get through this stage, and the sailing is pretty smooth through to the end -- unless I decide that it needs just one more little touch-up -- then one more, then one more, etc. That's when I really get into trouble, and that's one thing I've learned with these daily paintings, is when the put the brushes down.