Monday, January 3, 2011

30 minute painting

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Don't you just love it when you read something that is such a simple solution to a problem you are having that you cannot believe you didn't come up with it on your own?  When we get frustrated about something we tend to travel well worn paths trying to fix it and often ignoring simple solutions.
I have been very unhappy about my inability to do much watercolor painting.  Either I feel that I don't have time or I get bogged down in doubting my ability to create on paper what I am seeing in my head.  So I procrastinate and spend time being unhappy about it. 
Today I read a New Year's resolution from an artist to paint one painting everyday, the stipulation was that it take no more than 30 minutes. 
I thought..... I could do that.  Not necessarily paint an entire painting each day, but just paint for 30 minutes.  I can fit 30 minutes in somewhere.  The artist making this resolution said that she had, over time, begun to paint in more and more detail, with tiny brushes and obsessive attention to detail.  She wants to free up her art, so if she requires herself to finish a painting in 30 minutes she will have to let that attention to detail go. 
That is not my goal, but just doing SOMETHING is my goal.  Like her, I am going to NOT worry about the finished product, and instead concentrate on the process of doing something for 30 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! You can set a timer and get lost for half an hour. :):)

    I hope you can occasionally share some pictures. Enjoy!!