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Dana C

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PostSubject: I think I am stuck   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:24 pm

It has been challenging for me lately to paint – not sure why, I truly love to paint, but I am just stuck. I think I need a vacation, can’t remember the last time I have been on one. I go into my art room and paint but just having a difficult time getting inspired. What do you all do when you get like this….I don’t think I have been like this ever? Maybe you all don’t feel uninspired – but if you have some suggestions feel free to pass them my way.

I think when I get the Plein-Air group to gether that may help also....Wish you well and look forward to hearing suggestions -- thank you, Dana
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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:27 pm

This might be a good time to study some art demos - I read the ones in International Artist magazine - they can be pretty inspiring.

Another idea is to do an exercise and paint something very loose and experimental - playing with form and colour and getting into the feeling of what you are doing, not worrying about thye finished product. This can help open up pathways and getting you past a block.
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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:11 pm

I do something simple like a still life or do a random pick of a subject. Sometimes I read art related books, go through old master paintings or watch Youtube videos that are art demos. Good luck! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:26 pm

I've been in kind of a lull myself. It must be the time of year. I did go to the art store today and picked up some new Princeton Brushed that I like and came across a canvas which is 30 by 15. My brain is starting to visualize what I've wanted to do on this size canvas. Hopefully the inspiration will get me going.

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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:33 pm

I often use Judy's tactic - go to the art supply and get something different. Then i feel wasteful for spending the $$$ if I don't use it.
You might try doing a few un-art related activities to take the pressure off. Allow yourself some "down-time". Maybe you'll find yourself itching to get back to painting if you take a break for a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:59 am

I'd guess that most of us go through this now and then. My wife and I usually take a combination vacation and art workshop in the summer. She does watercolors and I do WSO's. (To quote the song; "You say po-TAY-toe and I say po-TAH-toe". But we're definitely not going to "call the whole thing off" as the song suggests.) This gets us away (the vacation part) and we have a chance to meet new artist friends. A number of artists bring their non-artist spouses. They tour the local attractions while their wives/husbands slave away with brushes .

I also subscribe to The Art Biz Blog http://www.artbizblog.com/. It's free and has lots of good info and inspiration. E.g.; "Get out and gain inspiration" (http://www.artbizblog.com/2009/01/get-out-and-gain-inspiration.html). Fair warning though, Alyson is a whirlwind and few can do all the things that she suggests artists might do (she even says that somewhere in her blog).

This year has been sort of an event-driven crisis of confidence for me. Just one example; I finally got into a prestigious auction (YEAH!). But they advertised it as a chance to pick up great artwork from newer artists at great prices. Well it wasn't a bit great for most of the artists!!!!! I don't have to agonize over whether to submit to that auction again -it's gone.

It was guilt that finally got me going again. Not the best of motives I guess, but I'll take it. Luckily the piece is going well and a glimmer of enthusiasm is beginning to show through the storm clouds. And it really does help to know that you aren't alone when inspiration has taken its leave.


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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:03 am

Last night, I was tired after work and didn't really feel like painting. I told myself I would just go to the studio and look at my umbrella painting. Sometimes that painting seems never-ending.

Once I was standing in front of the canvas and looking at it, I figured I would just do a little bit of painting, that's all.
Well, I painted for half an hour, and then stopped.
Not bad for an 'off' night.

When I can't manage to get any inspiration to paint at all, but still feel "arty", I usually skim through art magazines or art "how-to" books. Or sometimes sit by a window and just observe the colours of the clouds, trees, that sort of thing. Look at the effects of the light and try to figure out what colours I would mix.

When I don't feel like doing any of those, I take a real break.

Dana, you might just need a change of pace or routine.

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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:03 am

The new brushes and the August "Summer Challenge" inspired me to start a painting I been dragging my feet about starting. I'll start posting it in the challenge shortly.

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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:25 am

Thank you everyone – I am still in the slump, but hoping to put some of your suggestions to work, so I can get out of it….just looking for the time and energy.

Long 10 hrs days don’t help much and it doesn’t help staying up way too late to get some time in trying to paint…last night again until 1:30AM and the other night 2:30 AM, but tonight I am heading to bed a little earlier. Busyness feels up my life, I need to slow down and learn to say no.

This weekend 3 couples coming over to spend three days at our place, sometimes I feel like a bed and breakfast, also a friend who just started using water soluble oils want to bring her work over, as she is feeling stuck on how to use them, I helped her about 10 years ago to learn how to paint with acrylic…. love having them all, not sure if the energy is there though? I forget to be still and take that quiet time, I think that is why I stay up late and try to paint as that’s the only time to be still and have the solitude.

I think I am playing a small violin and the woe-is-me song on it….It is good and I am thankful for all, even the challenges which are passed my way, may they be used for good and for growing .

I am certainly going to consider your advice. I thank you all for your input and your aid to help me restore that passion I have had for painting which I long to hold again.

You are all such encouragers – LETS PAINT WITH PASSION and may it show in our art! Sorry for rattling on, just wanted to give you a little of what and where I was and how thankful I am for all your encouraging words.
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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:38 am

Hi Dana
I'm feeling pretty fed up with not being able to get 'Sylvia' right. So once I've finished this I'm going to get out my charcoal, paper and eraser and scribble. Sometimes something good turns out, but, what the 'h' I can just crumple it up and bin it. A gorgeous feeling. Can't do that with an oil. Burning my paintings is now out of my system.
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PostSubject: Re: I think I am stuck   Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:02 pm

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