Single by the Doors, 1967
And Finding My Bliss
In my previous blogs I’ve talked about my struggles this year with my art. And while I’ve always found painting to be a stress reliever I do go through the typical stages most artists go through in the creation of the painting: beginning confidence; why do I think I can paint?; I’m a genius; I’ve just ruined it; okay, I’m happy now.
Recently I’ve experienced something new. A kind of zen or bliss while I’m painting. Even if it’s just a practice piece as when our portrait group meets twice a month to paint from a model.
Maybe I’ve finally released the need for creating the “Masterpiece”. Musicians practice much more than they perform. Singers, actors, athletes, all spend a lot of time practicing. Artist often have a mindset that each piece they create should be a masterpiece, or at least salable. Maybe it’s because practice piles up in the corner :-).
So letting go of the “product” has put me in a new state of mind and I have found my bliss!
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Hard lesson to learn but it makes being an artist much more fun. Every so often I do a piece just to play and explore new subject matter or technique with no expectation of doing anything with the finished work. Those are often the most fun and actually sometimes some of my better work. Love “the road….”
Some good advice!!
In collage in watercolor class my instructor discussed paper. There was the student grade paper, much cheaper than the good stuff. He pointed out the ifea that, what if you painted a masterpiece on the crumby paper? We were going to throw out a lot of this work but which ones would be keepers?
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