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04/08/2008: "What Do You Want!"


Iím overwhelmed by the sun and the images in my head of biking, hiking, sailing, camping, fishing, and kayaking. In all of these visions, I think of how guilty all of those activities will make me feel if I do them (while I should be painting) or how Iíll miss doing them if Iím inside painting as I *should* be.

Secondly, painting usually is great for my mental health but very hard on me physically. I usually donít eat very well when Iím in the groove, I donít get enough sleep, and even though Iíve transitioned to a non-toxic oil painting environment, I swear I still have some weird respiratory response to the paints (congestion and headaches).

Iím still on the allergy elimination diet (2 days to go) and it has helped with certain things (more energy, sleeping better, lost 10 pounds, etc.) but it hasnít helped with some of the conditions I was really hoping it would help with health-wise but Iím continuing on with it. It takes a lot of time though, shopping only for unprocessed, organic foods and cooking everything from scratch is not going to happen once I start painting in earnest.

I am on a serious quest for better health, and Iím not sure how the stress of putting on a show and planning a wedding (both sedentary) are going to help with my overall health objectives.

Maybe I am just making excuses because I spent so much of last summer inside painting when I was lusting to be outside. Maybe Iím feeling guilty because I had plenty of time to paint this winter when I was laid up from my bad back, and yet I didnít.

This may seem off track butÖI am a HUGE Battlestar Galactica fan (the new series). In the current (final) season Starbuck thinks she knows the way to Earth but no one believes her. Instead they continue to make jumps in the wrong direction. Every time the fleet makes a jump she feels the pain and dread of going the wrong way. Afraid that if they go too far, sheíll lose her ability to find her way back altogether.

I guess thatís how Iím feeling. Like every choice Iíve made lately is taking me farther and farther away from my dream of being a working artist. And yetÖmy life is good, and Iím happier than ever. Except the fact that I'm not painting makes me feel sick to my stomach...so what gives?


Replies: 29 Comments

on Tuesday, April 8th, berry connell said

Get a pencil and a sketchbook for times like that. If you can't (or won't) paint, you can still work on your skills with a pencil.
(By the way, it was Rembrandt that included a dog taking a dump...in the Good Samaritan etching. It'll be up for a while, but bu this weekend long gone. (unless you too have the book, of course) and the reason I mention him is that he didn't stick himself with just one medium. Etchings, pencil, conte crayons, watercolor.... Take advantage of all you can!

Me? Sometimes, after I eat my french fries I paint with the ketchup on the plate.
'Course, that's going to be hard to frame.

on Tuesday, April 8th, berry connell said

....oh yeah.
NO feeling guilty!

on Tuesday, April 8th, onahon said

I have visions of you with a scarf around your head, carrying your easel through the fireweed, and setting up shop in the great Alaskan wilderness. The ones with the bloodsuckers stuck in the paint will be worth more--they'll have your DNA.

on Wednesday, April 9th, Elise said

I know, I know, I should try different mediums and I would if I felt compelled to say anything but really, there's nothing. I'd really just like to paint my honey over and over again but that would make people retch!

And Onahon!!! Hi...I love that vision of me...I'm totally stealing it for a painting!
:)

on Thursday, April 10th, dad said

who was it that said everything I created before 70 was crap? get a pencil and paper and scatch things to paint at a latter date get you ideas now, when your busy doing other things, so when you do have time, mood you won't have to stare at 4 walls :O

on Sunday, April 13th, berry connell said

I dunno who "dad" is, but, yes.

Do you need historical credibility? Lautrec, Cezanne, Chagall, Delacroix, van Gogh....

c'mon, gal. You will have a great touch with your brush if your hand already knows where it's going.

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