Oop, I thought I'd published this last week, but then I signed on to make a new post, and this was still just a draft! So now its even later than before. I'd blame it on the really terrible internet here in Italy, but its probably just my fault. Here it is:
I'm sorry to everyone that I went for so long without posting anything. I'm also just sorry that I didn't paint more in the last few months...painting always makes me happy. But its also not that I wasn't painting at all; it was that I'd stalled on a painting. And I should have known better. I'd decided that since I'd had so much fun making my previous pig painting, I would do another one. I'd been struggling to come up with a new idea for a painting, and this was the best I could think of, but I just wasn't that excited about it at the time. And I started it on big paper, in a very detailed style. So I ened up working on it very slowly, in a somewhat-less-than-enthusiastic manner for a long time. Like all of my paintings, it went through some stages where I almost decided that it was really awful an wasn't worth continuing to work on. But I wouldn't let my self start another one until it was done. Finally by the end of it, as I was getting happier with how it looked, I got into it and was having more fun. And I'm quite happy with it now. So I learned a few lessons:
1. It really is worth pushing through the ugly-phase to try to make paintings better.
2. Make sure I'm really excited about an idea before I start painting.
3. There isn't really any reason to make myself finish one painting before starting another, especially if
it means that I'll paint more.
4. I should do more smaller, quicker paintings, to help get myself re-energized for painting.
So now I hope to be doing more painting and more posting! Right now I'm in Antholz, Italy for biathlon World Cup races. So expect some Italian Alps paintings soon!