I know this concept is not new to me I’ve said it many times before, but I need to learn is so well that I don’t even have to think about it, but patience is key.
More and more I’m seeing the process of painting and drawing as a form of meditation. Well, this is as least how I go about making artwork. There are a lot of artists out there that do great work with a more physical approach. For me, sitting quietly with deep focus always seems to work the best.
I’ve consistently produced great work when I’m the most patient and focused on what I’m doing. On the other hand I’ve consistently produced unsatisfactory work when I’m impatient, rushing or have more that just the art on my mind.
Tonights painting didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped and I wasn’t able to work as long as I liked before I got fed up with it but I’m going to take a more positive approach to this. I worked for an hour and a half and I know that working longer on this painting would have brought it around to a good finish. Also, even though I was working too fast with little focus there are a few parts in the painting that are done really well. There are some great challenges in this still life also, that blue flower at the top has some really amazing shapes that are super hard to capture with it’s subtle values, I could just paint the one flower and learn as much as this whole still life will present.
So, yeah, tonight I wasn’t at the top of my game but that’s ok. It’s a great reminder of the importance of patience and focus, so tomorrow I will have to see if I can turn it around.