Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Little Bit by A Little Bit

Winter Wear © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
24 x 12  oil on board
$615.00
Boy, painting was quite the experience, whew! I started out really liking my subject matter, quite excited to plow right into it. Then I got into it and it just wasn't turning out how I imagined in my mind and it just wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. One of the days I was working on it, I was really really frustrated, very unable to get into the flow. So I switched my mindset and said to myself, well, I will throw it out when I finish it; just paint without the thought it has to be perfect. So I did and low and behold I got out of my head and it flowed that day.  Since it is a little larger painting, I wasn't done it one day. It sat there at the easel for a couple days before I got up the gumption to paint again.  I really just wanted to give up and quit. But then I wasn't unable to do that either, I just can't leave something unfinished, because that would bug me too. So a little bit by a little bit, I finished it.  
As I look back going through the process, it is a lot like life. I have that initial excitement about something and then as I get into it - it starts to get a little challenging and sometimes I want to quit. Then when I let go of the outcome and just be okay with it, I can be in the flow taking it moment by moment.  As the next day comes, I may have to have a different strategy and a little bit by a little bit I keep moving forward. Anybody relate?






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7 comments:

  1. I've been there many a time! I think the "letting go" aspect is such an important component of the process. You've articulated it beautifully in your post. And your painting reflects it. Well done!!

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  2. Amy, great post as usual, wonderful message, and beautiful work! Yes, I can very much relate! This is the idea of putting one foot in front of the other, an ongoing process! Thank you so much for the reminder.

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  3. Yes! I have finally found that I have to go into the painting without preconceived ideas, that if it doesn't turn out I can paint over it, and it really lets my brain be loose and in the moment of painting!! So freeing!!! :)

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  4. Gorgeous painting! So fresh and unique. Congrats for sticking with it - you would never know you had to "keep at it" as you described. Thanks for the encouraging words!! :-)

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  5. I LOVE this - it's so well composed - right down to the red clothing pointing right down to the boots! YES, I can relate - spent last weekend just in that mode. But you persevered, didn't you?

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  6. Awesome and you really must have so much more patience than I could ever muster.

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  7. Great painting! and we've all been there, I think discipline to work through the hard times is what makes or breaks a true artist. You arwork is lovely~*~*~

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