During the last several months my schedule has become one of almost constant interruption so I’ve been tinkering constantly with ways of trying to hold onto ideas.  Last paintings that I tried stalled because just as I get “fired up” I have to stop and turn my attention elsewhere.  For a time I was hardly painting, taking refuge in drawing (admittedly NOT a bad refuge) and other things (reading, study).

Well, I still have a large partly begun canvas on the easel — and I’m NOT giving up on it.  Far from it.  But I did sit myself down one day and gave myself a heart-to-heart talking to (I find that an integrated personality is highly over-rated).  I decided — or me, myself, and I decided — that any painting is better than none.

What’s more I have tons of materials left over from some old projects that I no longer need for their original intended use.  I decided that I was going to crank out something.  Whatever it was, some of it was going to be fast and free.

It’s better to be painting than not painting.  It is better to be making line and color decisions than no decisions at all.  I decided that I’d rifle through old photos — better working from photos than not working at all — and I was going to paint whatever I could — whatever I wanted to — I was throwing caution to the winds.

Needless to say, I’m beginning to really have fun.  And I’m getting more jealous of my painting time than formerly.  Sometimes I’ve got fifteen minutes.

By golly, I whip out the brushes.  Fifteen minutes is fifteen minutes!


14 thoughts on “Fast Landscape

  1. You inspire me. About a year ago I decided to paint for recreational purposes. I don’t paint well but that didn’t matter I just wanted the outlet and self expression for myself. Then I stopped. I have all these materials just sitting around getting dusty. Now I’m motivated to gather all these supplies and paint something. Anything. Just like you said. Something is better than nothing.

  2. Alisa, I hope you do paint. Everyone gets discouraged at first, but hang in there. Let yourself enjoy the process and be adventurous. You’ll enjoy the discovery.


  3. Someone asked me a while back how I’m able to do what I do. The only answer for a question like that is “practice practice practice!” You’re right, anything is better than nothing and
    the more you do the more you’ll love what you do. Keep crankin! We’re pullin for ya.

  4. Thank you, Eldon, for your kind encouragement. And “we’re pullin for ya,” goes — I think I understand your meaning — not just for me but for everyone out there trying to realize their dream.

    You have to believe in your heart’s desire and follow it. And practice, practice, practice too! With a smile, Aletha

  5. I just spotted this blog on the main wordpress page…

    I know what you mean. I’ve recently had a truck load of interruptions and distractions dropped on me. Some unavoidable, others my own fault. But I’m determined to get back painting and the like this week, even if it means I start strictly scheduling myself.

  6. Ross Donovan says “I’m determined to get back painting” and I’m glad to hear it! And these kind remarks that people are posting should encourage artists of all sorts (musicians, writers, poets, actors, dancers — are you listening?!) to take heart! There really is nothing so wonderful as doing what you love. And when it’s ready (and we’re ready) we present it to the world and discover that it finds friends!


  7. I hope you paint, paint, paint. My own experience in oils was as a 15 year old. I got the bug from our art teacher at school and mom bought me some oil paints, canvases, brushes and created my youthful masterpieces, two of which my parents hung in our living and breakfast rooms and proudly displayed them for guests which embarrassed me. I determined to stop and did concentrating on the aesthetic beauty of chess of which I made drawings for our chess club. I guess reading your comments makes me realize that if I did have real talent I failed myself not developing and maturing it. That I today regret. I love your painting illustration and hope you achieve your life’s goals in the art world.

  8. Don Reithel,

    I used to teach a painting class at an old folks’ home. One of my students had begun painting for the first time in his late 70s/ early 80s. He was a natural colorist. His sensibility about color was incredibly subtle and intuitive.

    I would ask me for advice, and I honestly never knew what to tell him. I said, “Richard, I’m trying to figure out what you’re doing so I can imitate it.”

    It’s really never too late to begin or resume doing something you love. Your talent is still there.


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