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Wrestling in the studio

There’s chaos in the studio.
I’ve started work again on a painting which I neglected for about a year now. (I know, what am I like?)

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It’s just that sometimes it’s so difficult to paint and I have to keep reminding myself to keep going. And sometimes I get into the “small” habit, where I work on very small art, and when it comes to working on a large piece, (this one is 2′ x 3′), and it boggles the mind.

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I’ve got all this beautiful inspiration laying on the floor right where I can see it, but the problem is that all these artists, in my critical eye, are millions of times better than I am and therefore I sort of lose hope sometimes.

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I have to keep reminding myself, (probably every creative person does), we all have to keep reminding ourselves, that our work is worthwhile and valuable. That we have a style, that our work is important.

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And it always helps to have a buddy in the studio with you showing you support.

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But sometimes the most important thing to do is to know when to walk away. To flip the painting upside down, do something else and come back with some fresh energy.

Because we all need to take a break form creative work and blow the cobwebs out of our over-thinking mind.

So now I can see the sun is out after hours and hours of rain and the oil is very wet and there’s a real danger that I’ll start blending this into mud, and so I think I’ll walk down to the ocean and come back with a fresh perspective.

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Comments: 18

  • September 23, 2013

    love the picture; reminds of Yugoslav and czechkoslovakia paintings when we were in Russia. you go girl

  • September 23, 2013

    I think it’s beautiful! Love the rich colors. Keep working on this–but yes, stop if you’re afraid of it getting muddy–LOL!
    We all have projects that have been set aside for too long or get overwhelmed. I think you’re doing great! Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. πŸ™‚

  • Christie

    September 23, 2013

    I think it is gorgeous! And, you have the perfect companion for support!

  • September 23, 2013

    This is just WONDERFUL and you have inspired me. I SWEAR I am going to finish my painting in your honor. !!!!

      • September 24, 2013

        O K A Y ….right after I get back from vacation…………..

        Big Hug !

  • September 23, 2013

    Hello Veronica,
    Oh my but your painting is gorgeous! I wish you the best on your continuation of painting it. I too have left my work for ages before getting back to it. It is always because I am “unsure”, there is a vague uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. lol! So I walk away until I get another inspired thought about it. But I am still a totally beginner. I haven’t drawn or painted in over a month and I miss it. But I am in a jewelry phase at the moment.
    I hope you are having a good beginning to Autumn.

  • AC

    September 24, 2013

    Your studio looks like a very happy place. As for the rest, I think the main this is that we get satisfaction from what we do regardless of what we think that others might think.

  • September 24, 2013

    i am wordless … that painting is fantastic …

  • September 24, 2013

    Veronica–all of us artists writers have that sense (I think). It is difficult to turn off that internal editor. You are amazing and that painting is gorgeous. Hope that you had a wonderful walk and that it cleared out those negative voices and left you with the simple truth–you are talented πŸ™‚

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