Do the work

Went through another little funk with painting, and even though I see it for what it is, when it’s happening it feels like crap. Which is to say that I feel like crap about it. However, once out on the other side (where I always get to, happily) I had a fresh attitude and (not surprisingly) some really enjoyable painting.

I always want a shortcut to success. Human nature, I know. But everywhere I turn I get reminded that I have to do the work. I have to try in order to grow my skills, put in the brushstrokes, do what I’m afraid of, be ready to do it again and again. Some days I don’t have the spirit for it, and that’s okay. Those days I can paint rocks or just put washes down on paper to use another time.

Recent I tried a few things that consistently intimidate me. The painting above has more elements in it than any landscape I’ve tried to date, and that really makes me nervous! So I took an online class and this was one of the projects. It’s a little 4×6 so much less challenging than an 8×10, etc. I made a few mistakes in it, and I was able to correct them which was also an unexpected win for me.

I dearly want to paint loose florals, but there are degrees of “loose” and I have a hard time moving very far into the curve. I let myself play one day after watching a video, and I was surprised by the results. It was a bit formulaic and repetitive, but it was a start. Maybe with time and practice….?

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi

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