Painting #55, and My Problem with Commitment

Painting #55, and My Problem with Commitment

I don’t know about the rest of you, but my summertime is by turns a nightmare of popup responsibilities and a total blast.  It’s very easy for priorities to slip.  And why wouldn’t it be?  Enrichment opportunities abound!  Every week, there are new places to go, people to meet, all kinds of exciting things to learn about.  Plus, sometimes you just need to lie in the hammock with a glass of iced tea for a bit, y’know?

All this is to say I’m completely off schedule, and you know what?  That’s okay.  One Thousand Works isn’t like a diet; you can’t go backwards.  If you’re early on in your journey, you’ll suck either way, so don’t worry too much about it.  But starting up again is so hard!  I know, I know.  But only if you look at it as starting up again.  “Getting back on the wagon,” so to speak.  But what if you use this time as an opportunity to start something new?  What would you like to do that you weren’t doing before?  Is there a new approach, a new community, a new method, that you might like to try?

The end of a break is also a good time to reexamine your priorities.  Go bigger than your works: What’s important to you right now?  Is it family, community, finances, education, spiritual growth, physical health?  There’s no wrong answer.  The key is to do your works in a way that serves your bigger goals.  Maybe you can incorporate your works into your system, or maybe they’ll be a worthwhile side-project for now.

My current priorities are education and community.  I’ll explain how this works with regards to my paintings:  The reason I paint is to get better.  I’m not really trying to sell anything, although I’ll happily do so.  I’m also trying to reach out locally by participating in festivals, groups, and hanging out with other artists.  These things all feed into my goal of one thousand paintings, but they’re a worthy pursuit in themselves.

Anyway, here are more of my paintings:

This doggy!  I call it “Best Friend”.  I painted it about year ago.  I found the picture of the dog from an unnamed source, but I liked it because it reminded me of my grandparents’ dog, Chloe.  Compare this with a much earlier painting I did:

This painting, while equally cute, has much less depth and richness to it.  Part of that is because it’s a much smaller painting on a more difficult surface, but mostly I just hadn’t learned about “layering” colors to create depth yet, so it looks a bit two-dimensional compared to the more recent painting.  Even though the first dog is white, I used shades of blues, pinks, and browns to show the soft fur.  Still, all that depth was more or less on “accident”, which mostly just means I spent much longer on this painting than I meant to.  As for pet portraits in general, I think they’re very fun to do!  Who wouldn’t want a cute painting of their furry(or scaly, or feathery) friend?

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