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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