I have been finding out through years of trial and error that sometimes you are just not going to be able to finish one a painting all in one shot, focusing on completing on a single painting at a time can mire you down towards the end and when this happens I find that it is a healthy thing for your psyche to be working on a few paintings all at the same time. One of the traps I used to fall into in my earlier days was that all my energies would be so focused on one painting it would be like tunnel vision, I would be so driven with the idea of finishing the work I would most of the time get so frustrated and I would eventually end up destroying it due to a sense of urgency to complete it.
Over time I learned to be patient and realized that there has to be a balance in your approach to being able to produce a work of art that you can be proud of, so jumping around from painting to painting makes total sense to me because it is good just to step away and refresh your brain, sometimes all the answers aren’t there on the first run, why risk burning yourself out? The theory I like to go by is that by alternating your painting projects the answer to finishing that painting that you have been struggling over may lie in what you learn in the next painting you go to then you can just come back and finish it with a renewed perspective.
March 8, 2014