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MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 6:54 am
I know exactly where you are coming from. My last two paintings were my absolute best (at least I think so). They were approached with the attitude that it would be challenging but doable. There was no doubt, no fear, and I just painted.
After they were finished and the goal accomplished, my mind switched gears asking, “What next? How am I ever going to achieve something like this again?” Nothing seemed to pique my interest. Nothing inspired me. I felt empty. Though not inspired, I felt hungry to create something, anything, but wanted my next painting to be even better than the ones before.
This created too much pressure on myself. Yes, I need to paint. Yes, I need something challenging. Yes, I want to continue to learn and grow as an artist. On and on until I had the realization of “paralysis by analysis.”
I heard an artist’s advice once to not wait until you are inspired to create your artwork. You may never create anything again for months or even years. Just begin, and let the work itself inspire you.
I now know it is okay to regroup and allow myself time to find my next subject. I look at websites that offer royalty-free reference photos and just look at internet images of still life paintings and master’s works. It took just a short period of time once I gave myself permission to relax until I found my next project. Once that was found, it hit me right between the eyes and struck me like flint, the spark igniting within me to just paint.
MemberJanuary 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.
MemberDecember 22, 2020 at 7:56 pm
MemberDecember 22, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Goodness Naomi. Sound terrible. Stay warm and so glad you are a homesteader! Come on Spring!
MemberNovember 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Very beautiful and very inspiring works of art. It would be quite the challenge to pursue any one of these. Thank you @Naomi for finding these and providing them to the forum. Hoping to possibly do one of these studies. When, I’m not sure yet. It would be a wonderful learning experience.
MemberOctober 5, 2020 at 3:09 pm
Very helpful. Thank you for this great post! ??
MemberOctober 5, 2020 at 3:07 pm
It is very beautiful Al. The colors and values are wonderful. ??
MemberOctober 5, 2020 at 3:05 pm
Such amazing work Naomi. It was so wonderful of you to do the video for the group on YouTube. It was very helpful. I was wondering how you get such an accurate image onto your canvas? Forgive me if this was part of the video series you did, it’s been a while since I watched them. You’re a master at this portrait painting. ?
MemberOctober 5, 2020 at 3:03 pm
Wow! This is super good work! Amazing just using the two colors for this. I was wondering how you got the image onto your canvas. Did you use a grid method or transfer method or was it free handed? I love it! ?
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MemberNovember 13, 2020 at 1:52 pm
It would really be a big bother to set this up the way I had it and probably would not be able to get it exactly like I had it before with the light. I definitely will be doing some painting from life. I have set up a smaller area with a directional light that is much easier to work with than the collapsible one I had set up in my tiny studio. It was a real pain with that one to get light from the rest of the room not to spoil the setup. Even had a black piece of foamboard on the ceiling and it still didn’t quite work. Thanks Naomi. Your encouargement to paint from life will defintely be something for me to try again and again.