I started a painting of crocuses a few days ago. I chose hot-pressed paper, although I usually use cold-pressed to paint on and either it didn't agree with me or I didn't agree with it. I seemed to be fighting with it. Finally I walked away from my work in progress in frustration. I often feel frustrated while I am in the middle of a painting. Every painting contains myriad up and down moments as the paint, water, paper and I conspire to create an image. I'm used to that, but it's very rare for me to give up on a painting.
Kathleen's Handy Tips: How Not To Paint
- Take the dog for a walk.
- Make beautiful colour swatches of all of the paints in your paint box.
- Spend days on the Handprint site (an amazing resource!) and stay so long that you become artistically paralysed.
- Revise your palette based on all of the information that you learned during your days spent on the Handprint site.
- Revise it again.
- Make new colour swatches based on your new palette.
- Start a blog.
- Reorganize your watercolour paper in your studio.
- Open an Etsy shop.
- Have another cup of coffee or maybe a cup of tea.
- Decide that your many years of painting experience are not enough and reread all of your art instruction books, watch how-to paint videos on YouTube and visit other artists’ websites.
- Create a Facebook page.
- Take photos of potential painting subjects.
- Take some more.
- Go to the art supply store to find inspiration in new art materials.
- Decide that you should devote your energy and time to the art of housework.
- Open a Twitter account.
- Redecorate a room, refinish a piece of furniture or build something.
- Check your email, blog, Etsy shop, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
- Take the dog for another walk.
- Write a blog post about not painting.
I will confess to being diverted by all of the above activities at various times in the past couple of years. Well, except for one. You can try and figure it out. :)