I'm still working on the painting of my daughter. But there lies the problem. It is hard... I mean HARD! I didn't want her to pose 'pretty' ... she's a teen for goodness sake, she knows how to make a good 'crazy face'. Turns out, CRAZY is hard to paint. There is something funky about the painting and I just can't put my finger on it. Oh, it's not just me. My crew of critics (aka children) also inform me that "there's just something wrong with that picture mom!".
I'll just put it out there... this is what I'm doing to deal with the problem. I am, like so many artists, a discouraged perfectionist. I want PERFECT... It is SO easy to feel overwhelm, and just give up, or move on when PERFECT doesn't look like it will be making an entry any time soon. Believe me, I am trying to convince myself that giving up, is not an option (oh the crazy conversations that exist in my head)!
1. I am taking a break. I might clearly see the technical mistake if I haven't looked at the painting for a few days.
2. I am focusing my attention on something else for a limited time. I don't want to get too upset, so if I work on something else (in this case some calligraphy) I don't have to think of the other painting.
3. I'm eating chocolate... I'm convinced this is a staple to problem solving.
4. I'm trusting... trusting that I really do have the know-how to figure this out. Trusting that I will have an 'a-ha' moment.
5. I refuse to give up, that said, letting go will not define me. And so... I may or may not complete this piece, but I am okay with that.
Well, there we go... I make mistakes, and get frustrated. As an artist it can be so emotional, and affect the rest of my day - or even week. I didn't think it would be fair not to share this with you. If you have any other wonderful words of encouragement, from one artist to another... on overcoming frustration... would love to hear them!!
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."