Wrestling in the studio

September 23, 2013

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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  • Reply sorrygnat September 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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

    • Reply Veronica September 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks Esther. 🙂 It does look a bit Czech, doesn’t it?

  • Reply Rita McGregor September 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Reply Veronica September 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Rita. I try not to compare but it slips in there when I can’t get the sunlight like Joaquin Sorolla or the intensity of colour like Bobbie Burgers. But I’ll keep going, just have to let the oils settle a bit. 🙂

  • Reply Christie September 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

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

    • Reply Veronica September 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much Christie. 🙂

  • Reply vastlycurious.com September 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

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

    • Reply Veronica September 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      THAT’S just wonderful! Let’s just keep going and keep each other going. 🙂

      • Reply vastlycurious.com September 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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

        Big Hug !

        • Reply Veronica September 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm


  • Reply Terri September 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    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.

    • Reply Veronica September 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much Terri. 🙂 I’d love to know more about jewellery making and especially about putting together some interesting pieces with vintage or found or Steampunk elements. I was just thinking about taking a small, one day silversmithing course which is being offered late Oct just to start somewhere, you know. (Going with my basic philosophy of “How Hard Can It Be?” again…lol)

  • Reply AC September 24, 2013 at 4:18 am

    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.

    • Reply Veronica September 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Hi AC, my studio is a happy place mainly because no one is allowed up there without my permission. 🙂 What you say is so true. Thanks for stopping by, do you have a website or blog, Flickr, FB page I can visit?

  • Reply Daryl September 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

    i am wordless … that painting is fantastic …

    • Reply Veronica September 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Really Daryl? Thank you so much, you made my day. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v September 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    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 🙂

    • Reply Veronica September 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      That’s so true Sara! Thank you so much, I did feel loads better and thank you for being such a sweet sweetie. 🙂

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