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soulsketcher
12-12-2002, 11:56 AM
ok all-
maybe this isn't the right forum for this but i didn't know where else to pose my question. i feel like in my time of trying to connect with my artist self i rush things. i am not the type of person that has the patience enough to work on one peice for a long period of time..but i desperately wish i did. if i am working on something it will usually take me a day or a couple of hours to get the beginnings of my thoughts on paper but i don't have the patience to sit down and explore the details. so my stuff only gets to a certain point..a rough draft if u will. Is there any way i can train myself to not rush things? does any body else battle with this..how do you deal with it?

Help! i really want to be able to take my art to the next level!

SOULSKETCHER:eek: :eek:

Blueyog
12-12-2002, 12:43 PM
I often have this problem :) And that's when I mess my drawing !

The best way I've found, it's to go slowly, working on the piece some hours each day and repeat to myself "nothing urge, take your time, look it begins to look like something. if you go too fast, you'll ruin it..." And it works lol ;)

TeAnne
12-12-2002, 05:19 PM
You're not alone, I'm the type that likes things done 'yesterday'!
If you try some of the projects, this might help :)

hummingbird
12-13-2002, 08:23 AM
Gosh, I don't know if this is gonna help or not since I'm not sure what you are doing. But sometimes it helps to chop the idea down a bit. If something is too complex and too time consuming, it puts me off. But if I can chop that idea down alittle I find new enthusiasm. Trying to think how to descibe...say you're doing a forest...well thats really complex. Maybe zero in instead on a few very interesting trees. You know what I mean? Like make yourself a little viewfinder with a piece of cardboard or just with your hands and zero in on a smaller area. You can do that with just about anything. Also try a new technique...a new way of shading or something if you do drawing...something that is new can help you feel more inspired to finish. Hope this helps.

Pat

hummingbird
12-13-2002, 08:28 AM
Oh also, I forgot...if you don't enjoy all the details or find that thats the point when you lose your inspiration...its possible that thats telling you you would enjoy abstracts or expressionist work? Sounds like you would enjoy capturing the feel more.

Pat

Rose Queen
12-13-2002, 11:54 AM
I don't know if this is strictly relevant, but Marcel Duchamp never worked on his art for more than two hours a day, when he was working on it at all. Part of his work on "Large Glass" involved letting it gather dust for six months.

I can relate to your problem, tho; I just want it to be done! But once I'd ruined a few pieces through haste, I stopped myself from rushing.



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paintfool
12-14-2002, 10:49 AM
Some good ideas guys. :) I don't often have this problem. As a matter of fact many hours can zoom right by without me realizing it. But i have had the occasional bout of impatience and at these times i like to have more than one piece in the works. If i find myself rushing a piece i can put it aside and work on something else. It usually does the trick.
Cheryl

hummingbird
12-17-2002, 08:48 AM
Hi Cheryl!

Thats a very good idea to have a few pieces in progress to switch to! Good tip!

Pat

Beach Baby
12-18-2002, 11:39 PM
I do not mean to get preachy, but a very dear friend of mine once told me, when I commented that I wish I had more patience...."Shhh don't ask for the P word!" When I asked why, she said "The only way God has to teach us patience is to place us in situations were we have to keep trying our patience until we get it.! " Now whenever I hear some one ask for patience I giggle inside, determined I will never pray for that!

TeAnne
12-19-2002, 03:46 AM
Originally posted by Beach Baby
I do not mean to get preachy, but a very dear friend of mine once told me, when I commented that I wish I had more patience...."Shhh don't ask for the P word!" When I asked why, she said "The only way God has to teach us patience is to place us in situations were we have to keep trying our patience until we get it.! " Now whenever I hear some one ask for patience I giggle inside, determined I will never pray for that!

Sounds like a very wise lady :D