Friday, November 9, 2018

When the Work Gets Too Precious

Does your work ever get so 'precious' that you lose sight of its importance? I lost perspective on this one and got so wrapped up in perfection that I stopped enjoying it. So I quit working on it, have stayed too busy to spend time on it and began to dread picking up my brushes. Silly, right?

This morning a good friend and artist associate, Andra Jensen, gave me some great advice. She said, "#1 Lower your expectations. I get stuck like that all the time. It often has to do with my expectations. You might be holding in your heart that it has to be one of your favorites ever, or a masterpiece, where it might help calm you to think of it as a study, or an academic/practice piece. (You could always cut it up later.) It might not be your favorite, but I can pretty surely guarantee it will be someone else's."

Oh. Of course. She is exactly right. And so, work will continue and all will be well with the world again. Thanks, Andra!

And thank you for stopping by- Alice


RH Carpenter said...

Well, your friend is right, we often have these expectations about what something is going to be - or we hope it will be - and it helps to just think of everything as another learning experience and way to play with paint, water, paper and our minds :). Your work is wonderful and I know you are your own worst critic at times!! This is looking good and I hope you can relax and enjoy the rest of the journey on this one.

Alice Jo Webb said...

Thank you, Rhonda. I'm hopingbso, too!