Maybe it will jar my "get up and go." Hopefully. (I type with two spaces after a period. That is old fashioned I read the other day. Hmm.) Writing down your goals and ideas is supposed to help. I haven't tried that .... yet. So here goes.
Richard McKinley wrote a post about how therapeutic art is. Have a look.
I will have to say that art hasn't been so therapeutic for me. I don't know what the deal is. Maybe I am just old and tired.
Ever since our fire of 2011, I am not as excited about art. I painted 43 keepable/sellable paintings in 2010, and 26 in 2011 almost all before the fire which was in September. In 2012 - 20, 2013-14, 2014 - 23 and this year 12. I painted more things or did other things I didn't count as paintings, like gifts.
I make a calendar every year that needs 13 paintings, one for the cover. I only painted 12 paintings and didn't care for one of them for the calendar so had to find two from the archives. Sad don't you think?
I have tried many of the ideas I have read about and Gene has supported and helped me with all of them. I (we, I drag Gene with me or he takes me, whichever makes more sense), went to conventions, workshops, taught classes, art walks, sketched, painted with friends (a super idea), plein-air, commissions, donations, etc. Maybe the answer is to just stop painting professionally and just do fun things? How do I stop? How do I make progress?
When I am actually painting, I do enjoy it. We had a paint along with my granddaughter, daughter-in-law, niece, grandson-in-law and grand-daughter-in-law on our Thanksgiving trip. It was so much fun. Why doesn't that translate to general painting enjoyment?
My beautiful studio just sits here and looks at me.
Writing this down as a "goal" may do the trick. We shall see.
Stay tuned to see what comes of this!