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Saturday, January 12, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Eleven

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Reflections on the Pond", Oil, 12" x 12"

Today was an "un-fun" day in my studio.  My day was full of mostly non-art stuff and I before I knew it I was behind schedule. I had a "hard stop" time to leave for my son's college volleyball game and that was non-negotiable. By the time I entered my studio I had less than two hours to paint. And I had no idea what I was going to paint.

I was not inspired in my studio, as I felt very rushed and stressed as I tried to paint. I started with a rooster face but didn't like the result. I wanted to paint boats, to get back in my comfort zone. But someone made a "no boats" rule this month (gee, who was that??) and I knew it wasn't an option. Finally, with less than an hour left, I painted some colorful fall trees.  I got lucky. But the experience was way too stressful and painful.

It pretty obvious I learned a lot today. This is the absolute worst scenario to try to paint. It wasn't fun, I wasn't feeling inspired and I did not like the fact that I had to finish a painting. And I had no time.

So, a lesson was learned. I have to paint earlier in the day. I have to block out the time. Forget the errands and "stuff". Painting is more important.

So my alarm is set for 6:00 am. I am on a mission to not let this "un-fun" scenario happen again. 

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1 comment:

Mary spires said...

Miss Leslie, This is soooo I know what you're saying with all the stuff you have too do....but this week has been so inspiring. Thanks You!


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