Ongoing Ritual, 36x36 inches, oil on canvas, $3100 ©Lynn Goldstein
Painting is like golf. Bear with me. This will make sense.
My father was an avid golfer. He played as often as he could and was always happy when he got time on the links. While gathered around the dinner table, we would always ask him how his day had been when he returned home after playing a round. I remember, with great love, the smile that would spread on his lips as he responded, “It was great, I think I have finally found it.”
Now, I loved it when he was happy about his golf, but I knew that he “found it” and “lost it” with great regularity over the years.
Painting is like golf in that way. I will find myself elated after having a great day of painting. I will think that I have finally found it, and I will go back to the easel with renewed confidence and drive... until... I have lost it again.
Every single artist I know experiences this, including the famous ones that we read about in biographies and whose work we admire in museums.
What helps when I have lost it?
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3/24/2020 01:59:52 pm
I recharge myself by going for a walk in the woods at one of the great little parks in the area. If I can't leave the house at the time, I put on some music, and that generally leads to dancing. Movement is probably the best thing that I can do to get back my mojo.
3/24/2020 02:15:12 pm
I love going for walks in the woods too. So fortunate to have paths to lakes in my neighborhood. Music has always been a go-to. In fact, my next post will be about my favs to listen to when I am feeling blue. Stay tuned. I also LOVE to dance. I studied ballet forever and sometimes even do a bit of that in my studio. Otherwise, I simply get a wiggle on! Thanks for commenting.
9/9/2022 11:01:39 pm
Thanks to share informative blog post! Keep it up...!
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