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Old 07-12-2018, 12:40 PM
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At first, it was mostly because I promised someone I would paint them something larger than I could pull off in any reasonable amount of time, with no painting experience. I was forced by personal conviction to keep painting right through my clueless beginner period, (as much as I often didn't want to,) and luckily managed to find my way into the amazing world of color that opens up with a bit of practical knowledge before burning out- Since joining this forum and seeing how vibrant complementary colors can make something as simple as gray look, and how much life some warm and cool colors can add to a piece, it's quite addicting. Now I always need to know just how much more it will pop with that oneeee last hue shift.. Can't get enough of those mesmerizing colors
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Since my auto accident of 50 years ago, I have been fighting injuries that leave me depressed and physically incapable of leading a normal life. Painting gives me an escape into a place better than life.
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We sound so similar. How do you navigate the disatisfaction Delo. Im always open to new ideas

My approach to handling dissatisfaction is to give myself things that build confidence, easy stuff, like draw a rock, those are easy and difficult to fail at. Build on each of these little successes and work my way up to harder things, generally only have to go back to these steps on really bad days. I was struggling the other day on a portrait of a dog, so I went back and did a drawing of a tree instead, the abstract analysis of spatial relationships in the branches helped me see spatial relationships better and when I went back to the dog portrait it was an easy fix. Generally my issues with dissatisfaction come from struggling with something without being able to pintpoint what it is, so I use this somewhat arbitrary method to solve seemingly unrelated problems.
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My approach to handling dissatisfaction is to give myself things that build confidence, easy stuff, like draw a rock, those are easy and difficult to fail at. Build on each of these little successes and work my way up to harder things, generally only have to go back to these steps on really bad days. I was struggling the other day on a portrait of a dog, so I went back and did a drawing of a tree instead, the abstract analysis of spatial relationships in the branches helped me see spatial relationships better and when I went back to the dog portrait it was an easy fix. Generally my issues with dissatisfaction come from struggling with something without being able to pintpoint what it is,so I use this somewhat arbitrary method to solve seemingly unrelated problems.

Great idea. I often break things down like this. Confidence restored is a good way to keep the motivation going👍
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I can relate, to all of these posts. I struggle with car injuries and the subsequent depression, painting takes me away to another place where I can enjoy my last remaining brain cell, ha har, no, really.
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I can relate, to all of these posts. I struggle with car injuries and the subsequent depression, painting takes me away to another place where I can enjoy my last remaining brain cell, ha har, no, really.
Physical injuries can make life really difficult for sure. I'm glad you found art to help you deal with that. I enjoy seeing your imaginative pieces, you're bringing joy into the world.
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Well, that is definitely true Derek, much harder to sell drawings I have found, people like color generally.

Phranque, I understand that mask of cheerfulness all too well, spent years building a nearly perfect one myself (only my wife really sees through my guise).
Those closest to us usually do. And we let them see our true selves a little more, too. I also find that sometimes smiling works it's way in, too. I hope it gets better for you.
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As a retired person, I also find that painting gives me a purpose that previously was lost when I stopped working. This is especially meaningful.
I can understand that. A sense of purpose in life is important.
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It makes me feel like a font of life
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I see the beauty in this world, everywhere. And I want to capture it for a moment. But, alas, I'm not very talented so I disappoint myself a lot. But I cant stop trying. Whats the point in that?! Every now and then, someone see's what I saw, and that encourages me forward. I learn something all the time.
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I missed one very important reason before. I love painting because I know I will never, ever learn everything there is to learn about it. I won't even come close. To have a constant challenge to improve and learn from my "failures" (better termed "learning opportunities" ), for me makes for a very satisfying way to spend my time.

Delo, your approach to problems is great - I'm going to try that!

ptrkgmc, I'm glad you've found a way to overcome what sounds like some pretty serious problems.

phranque, thanks for posting the thread. It's useful to assess what it is that motivates us and why every so often.
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phranque, thanks for posting the thread. It's useful to assess what it is that motivates us and why every so often.
We have Ptrkgmc to thank, he's the OP.
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I want to see whats going to happen next
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The voices in my head tell me to.
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I paint because I like to create something beautiful (or try at least ). And people seem to like my stuff. It keeps me busy and I become obsessed until I'm finished. I painted a portrait of someone's mother's baby picture, from a very old photo. The mother had passed away. It seemed to capture her resemblance, so they were so happy with it, they asked me to do a second one. I was glad to do a second one, and it was a challenge to see if I could do it better. She cried when she saw it. Portraits are a very personal thing to people, and I am happy create something meaningful.
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