Slow and Steady
|"How 'bout a Hug"|
9 x 12 Chalk pastel on paper
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Not feeling well really puts a damper on the creative process! I painted this piece mostly in one session, then had a rough few days where I didn't feel well enough to finish it up. It's easy to start panicking when periods of time like that set in, but I've learned a trick as I've gotten older and more patient: even baby steps will eventually get you where you need to go.
If I felt good enough to sit up and work, I added a little touch here and there to get the piece done: a bit of shading on the shell, more depth in the water, or light smears on the rock. Having been used to completing five or more paintings a week, finishing just one doesn't sound like much. It's better than not painting at all, or trying to push out a lot of paintings that end up in the failure pile. I try to remember that as long as I'm getting something accomplished, I'm on the right track.
So, if you're having trouble finishing a painting, try to take little steps as you get time and energy. Eventually, you'll end up with a finished piece! This method also works for household chores, by the way.
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