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  • Do you do this too?

     Janet updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 7 Posts
  • Naomi

    January 13, 2021 at 10:45 am

    I have at least 15 unfinished paintings just begging for completion. But no, I have to start a new one and add to the pile. Sometimes all that’s left are final details or even just a signature. I just get bored with it and lose interest. Now that I think about it, It sounds like I am in the same boat as you, Jeanette. Just blah. I think it is psychological due to this Rona situation. It feels like our dreams have been squished. We can no longer have shows or go to galleries. All dressed up with nowhere to go. All these paintings with nowhere to show. People are broke because their businesses have been shut down, they can’t afford to buy our paintings.

    Yesterday I found myself thinking ‘what’s the point?” I can’t even do anything with all these paintings. That’s why I find myself moving from one to another without completing them. When it feels like there is nothing to look forward to, one feels like there is no hope.

    But what we can do, is, paint our current experiences. Throughout the ages, artist depicted events that happened during their lifetimes. They were historians.

    We could depict our current circumstances, the struggle for our freedom. My little landscapes and still-life seem so inconsequential. We need a way to release the emotions we feel or don’t feel because we are too numb to feel anything. Hopelessness can do that.

  • Sally

    January 19, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    I feel you. I’ve had a few commissions that gave me hope, and funds, but the paintings from my heart have nowhere to go. The stack of “almost finished” is sadly, steadily, exponentially growing.

  • Sally

    January 20, 2021 at 4:30 am

    You’re right.

    And, I am. Every day.

    I’ve even done new paint charts, mixing my current palette colors one with another. I may wallpaper my studio with them ! 😂😂😂

  • Sally

    January 20, 2021 at 10:06 am

    I would say determined rather than productive.

  • Connie

    January 26, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I have a few that need to be finished. Since spring when COVID started, I had no motivation whatsoever to even pick up my brushes. Note: I don’t have a lot of time to devote to painting anyway. Then I started painting something because I felt like I just had to, maybe escape for a little while into the process of creating some work and listening to some nice music. It did motivate me to start painting again. That said, my emotions have waxed and waned. Part of me was like you said Naomi, “What’s the point?” Then I saw an artist friend of mine who actually was selling his paintings through the gallery that carries his work, and for a pretty good penny. That gave me hope. There are others out there who are also selling prints of their work. All this has made me realize that I have to paint and that I need to do that for myself and my sanity.

    • Naomi

      January 26, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      Painting is an escape for us, I think, it’s a place to pour out ones heart and soul. Every time we paint, we leave a part of who we are in each piece. Our triumphs, our struggles, our tears and laughter. It surprises me that people are purchasing paintings during these very challenging times in our world. Reading your message has given me a hope, Connie!

  • Janet

    February 9, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Guess I must have an anal personality because I always finish my paintings unless I can see that one is pure trash and have to throw it out! It is good to set one aside for a while because you get a fresh perspective about it. I’ve been selling my work for many years and each deep winter I pull out my entire stock of paintings and carefully inspect each one. Here is what I look for: Damaged frame; poor color work; not up to my current standards (which means I’ve had it for quite a while ha ha.) When I place some out all together around the room, I can compare them and it makes it easy to see what’s what. Hope this helps!

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