As the song lyrics state, "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.
I have been working on my series of remarkable, survivor trees, From Just a Seed, for some time now. When I began, I was energized and excited about the prospect of continuing the series. As time progressed, my energy faltered. While talking with a friend, I told her that when I finally finished the series, I was excited to start something new.
"Kissed, " 9x9 inches, Pastel, © Lynn Goldstein
It takes a good friend to point out when we are off course. She asked why I had this arbitrary number of paintings that had to be completed. Maybe the series was done now. I can be a little bit stubborn. It took 5 hours for me to realize how right she was.
As a result of her wise words, I put away the series and completed 5 paintings pronto.
I am not finished painting magnificent trees, but I am thrilled to be moving in another direction.
Why am I writing this? Because my work is all about helping people feel peaceful in a hectic world. If I don't experience harmony while working, negative emotions will likely show in the art that I produce. "Folding" on the series was a way to return to a calm space while making my art. I am hoping that will translate to others.
"Triumvirate, " 12 x 9 inches, Pastel ©Lynn Goldstein
So, have you have ever "given up" on something that wasn't working for you? How did that turn out? Let me know in the comments below.
"Water Meets Land," 9 x 12 inches, Pastel © Lynn Goldstein