I've been spending lots of time at the studio this week painting. I look forward to my vacation time when I can paint without having to schedule around work obligations. I dream about getting lots of work completed. It doesn't always go as smoothly as I imagine.
It's been a frustrating week--as far as how the painting has gone. Sometimes you have this picture in your head of how you want a painting to turn out and when you're working on it, things just don't go as plan. First, you have to deal with your own inner critic--you're biggest demon. Then sometimes you can get too caught up in wondering how other people will see your work. It can be a vicious circle.
Most days painting is a joy. But when I start struggling with that inner critic and unhappy with my work, I need to step back.
So Friday afternoon I just pulled out a few canvases and started throwing some paint on. I had no finish product in mind. My only intention was to lose myself in the joy of putting paint down and blending colors.
It was a success. I found my joy in painting again and quieted my own demons.
And the painting continues.