As I was struggling with what to write for this week’s blog entry. I was complaining about it to a fellow artist that I hadn’t completed any new work to share here. In fact, I have been kind of stumped lately. I have hardly worked on my art in the last few weeks.
She urged me to share my frustrations with you, “when I see only new, completed work, (on a blog) it feels like the artist is constantly producing,. That makes me feel disheartened about my work habits. I like to know that they sometimes get stuck, that it doesn’t always go smoothly.” A good point, Shayna.
So here I am fessing up. I completed a major project, which I worked on pretty consistently for 4 weeks.after bringing its start home from Mississippi Art Colony. I also started another when in Mississippi but when I started to work on it, I felt uncertain. I liked it, it was a good beginning but going forward, I was unsure of where to take it.
I made another small painting. It was ok but lacks sparkle.
I continued with an impressionistic painting I started a few months ago, in oil stick. I haven’t worked with these in quite a while. Sitting in the drawer, they got sticky and broke as I used them. It’s been a frustrating time. This is where it is right now.
Working through these periods is the advice one frequently hears. And while I agree that you will never have a good painting unless you persevere through the difficult parts, sometimes it takes more.
I decided to go back to a style and way of working that I had left behind for a while. I started an impressionistic landscape with oil sticks. The sticks have gotten sticky with heat and age and I’m finding it difficult to get the effects I’d like.
I believe that you should enjoy the painting process, even when it is challenging. So I will take my own advice and find a project that excites me, that makes me WANT to get painting again. I’ll let you know when I have a project that rings my bells!