"Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. "
I'm in the middle of another 31 paintings in 31 days, and so far it has been starts and stops, craziness and catching up. But, As with every one of these I participate in, I learn so much about myself and my art by being a part of it and sharing with other artists involved.
Today I was confronted with the possibility that I am slightly schizophrenic when it comes to my art a lot of the time. I want to do ALL THE THINGS. So as I sit and decide what to paint, I get a bit paralyzed. Will I paint portraits today? Or trees, flowers, landscapes, abstractions, or, ooh! merge verse and painting? And on and on my mind meanders.
This is not a productive way to do the 31 in 31. This is a build up of not painting every day. Of not taking the time to put on paper what is in my head and heart each day . When the daily painting challenge comes up, I've got so much to do I have trouble getting any of it out.
Processing my feelings, emotions, and ideas through my painting is what brings my spirit to my art. It is not a want to, it is a need I have that when neglected, makes me frustrated, stressed, and not true to myself.
So this morning I decided I would bypass my artist's mind and it's greedy appetite to be filled with new inspiration and emotion to be able to paint, with a more measured approach. Forcing myself to paint the same subject for at least 3 days. I am not making myself meet a quota, I am not painting large. I am just painting, without veering, with honesty and dedication, variations of the same thing for a limited time. I am hoping with discipline and focus to do a better job of honoring my painting and myself.
So, today, tomorrow, and the following day will be trees. I'll post them.
One.. Two.. Three, GO-