The first brushstroke is always the hardest in any painting, but once I get going, inevitably I find it hard to stop!
But since I'm working on a particularly large painting right now at (38" x 56"), I'm having to step away for a few days at a time. The last thing I want, is to get a bout of 'burn out' when I've made such a commitment.
So I'm working on this painting in five hour chunks and after a couple of sessions, I turn the canvas to face the wall for a few days.
Why do I do this?
Because it helps me to see it with completely fresh eyes the next time I start working on it.
If I didn't turn it away from me between times, I would stop 'seeing' it... Hopefully that makes sense!
I'm about 2/3 of the way through the under-painting right now. It's a hard stage to live with for so long, but I have to trust that once I start the mid-layers, it will bring depth and life to the composition.
Of course my inner critic is constantly gnawing away at my ear... but so far I'm managing to drown out the noise by looking ahead and trusting my hand...
Watch this space!
Q. So, how do you stay focussed when working on a large project?
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Week in a nutshell...
Listening to: 'The Creative Penn' Podcast
Planning: Some creative challenges for 2018
Discovered: This super easy-peasy and free photo editing site 'Fotor'
Inspired by: An interview with Joanna Penn. You can listen here.
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