I have a dirty secret. Painting is not fun right now. It feels like any job where the frustration levels are building. I wasn't supposed to admit that was I?
Do you ever get a crippling case of perfectionism? I still haven't beat this beast. This is the first oil I've finished and not wiped out. The way the paint seems to melt under my palette knife is both fascinating and infuriating. All my usual techniques don't work. Plus with acrylics there is a shorter dry time. Quick dry time means less over thinking and working fast can loosen one up.
One artist I know said, "As artists we are so privileged. How many people can say that they cry tears of joy because of their work?" I have mixed feelings about that statement. Ok, yes, I may at times "cry tears of joy" when I hit that high and it's going well, but right now I'm shedding blood, sweat and tears.
Here are a few links I've been studying this month in the hopes of overcoming perfectionism perfectly, 'ahem', ok perhaps not perfectly but at least long enough to let a couple of paintings dry.
*How to give up Perfectionism in 7 steps by Dan Goodwin (written out and taped to my studio wall)
*Phew! Traits of an Artistic Personality on Empty Easel lists " extreme perfectionist tendencies" as an artistic trait.
*Tips for overcoming Artist's Block lists perfectionism as a major cause of artist's block. I've been thinking of switching to paper, marker and pencil crayons for a bit like suggested in tip number two.
Lastly, a quote. "There is such a thing as perfection... and our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth... Each of us is in truth an unlimited idea of freedom. Everything that limits us we have to put aside. (Richard Bach) *Sigh* That relates to the cause of my latest case of perfectionism. I've found out my art is in part about perfection. Now that I've written my artist's statement, it feels like a bit much to live up to.