Thursday, April 02, 2009

Today's Painting



I am not sure where this is going yet, but it is going. It will be a scene from the Spring Revolt. I am doubting my aforementioned distorted background...it isn't going anywhere. So I focused exclusively on this today.

When I start to feel that hyper critical spirit of my work, I know my perfectionist and idealist tendencies are coming to the surface. I am really struggling with those traits today and had a difficult time facing the work this morning. I usually take a good look first thing in the morning at the previous day's painting. I really avoided doing that this morning. Went to CVS instead.

When I am in that negative head space, watching a movie while painting helps me to quiet down. I got through "The Fellowship of the Ring and halfway through "Two Towers" today while painting. Paul Dorrell said something like, "After all, we are only making art. We aren't ending world poverty." This is a good reminder when I begin to take myself way too seriously.
I think I need a comedy tonight. Oh!... but it IS "The Office" night. Maybe some "Flight of the Conchords," too.

6 comments:

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

You can't go wrong with laughter... I bet you'll see that painting through totally different eyes tomorrow.

Sheila said...

I'm luvin' the movement, the arches of this already.

Many geniuses and Great artists had/have challenges quieting their minds when thoughts are like a box of ping pong balls dumped into an empty room. The fact you recognize that and have remedies make people like me who care about you feel better. Hugs!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

I am just marveling at this one Tracey, it's wonderful. Listen to your inner voice, from the looks of this one you already have!

I'm with you, having a movie or even great music, can soothe and make the creative process flow.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

"Going" is good. Sometimes it is the best that you can do. I love the start on this one. The composition is strong, and as in your other work, I want to know the back story, which keeps me looking. Keep on keepin' on, Tracey!

sam said...

Wow Tracey, well you are not short on ideas, is this for the gallery aswell? I love the way you start your paintings with the dark backgrounds, and your subjects come to life dont they.
Paintings are problems to be solved, and you know your painting will come right if you keep working on it!

L.Holm said...

Beautiful start. Suspended in flight? Is this one escaping? Joining the revolt? So vulnerable. Looking forward to seeing the story unfold.