|"Sunflower Welcome" - Pastel - 5x7 - November 2014 |
25 Painting Challenge - Day 6 of the challenge is really day 12. I'm discovering some things about myself. First I may never become a daily painter but I have to give myself permission to be OK with that. I have painted 28 paintings this year. I have done 4 paintings in the first 12 days of the challenge. I started "Sunflower Welcome" thinking it would be a quick study and found myself going back to it because I was not satisfied with the results. Several days later....I finally return and rework and still am not satisfied. But today I walk away and will file it in the later file.
What I've learned?
1. Resolve to paint more - It's OK to not become the daily painter but I do need to push myself to paint most days. The act of putting the pastel to the paper frequently does improve your skill - even when the results are not what you would like.
2. Walk away from the painting - I've discovered that I'm a one sitting painter. I rarely am happy if I leave a painting on the easel and come back to it. It always seems to leave me disappointed or I get stuck in the "get it right" mode. I need to accept what I've done for the day and put it aside. There are lots of other days of the year that I can get out my discarded paintings and decide if I want to rework them. I can be more productive if I don't spend days languishing over an unsuccessful painting. Remember the object of painting is to enjoy the experience.
3. Keep on - Keeping on - When life gets hectic and I don't get to the easel or if something doesn't turn out as a would like I just have to keep on keeping on. Get up and paint the next day.
21 paintings to go!! Can't wait to see what the next few weeks produce.