I didn't feel like painting today

When you get back home from another place, do you need some time to transition to your daily life?

Well, I'm doing that right now. 

I'm back from sunny California (celebrating my mom's 70th!). Now I'm in snowy New Jersey and trying to get back into the groove. Well, I didn't really feel like painting tonight. I felt like getting into bed and hibernating till May or so. What can I say? This filipino blood is still not used to east coast winters!

My painting of Adam was still on my mind and the thing that bothered me about it was that I knew I would have to make corrections. His head was too big. I had to move his torso and who knows what else. Ugh. What a drag!

I knew I could've waited, but I just dragged my sorry butt to the computer and put some Bob Marley on and just started making some new marks.

This is what I started with.

This is what I started with.

Making new reference points and measuring AGAIN!

Making new reference points and measuring AGAIN!

See how his head is getting smaller?

See how his head is getting smaller?

Getting back in the groove. Man, music, holding a brush and making some initial marks usually does the trick. 

Getting back in the groove. Man, music, holding a brush and making some initial marks usually does the trick. 

After I got tired of making corrections (that takes a lot of brain power), I just wanted to mix some buttery oil paint for my background.

After I got tired of making corrections (that takes a lot of brain power), I just wanted to mix some buttery oil paint for my background.

Yup, just went in there with a palette knife and was having fun!

Yup, just went in there with a palette knife and was having fun!

I knew I wasn't going to finish the painting, but I wanted to fill in the background for this evening. I'm sure the painting will dialogue with me the next days and I'll make changes again.

I knew I wasn't going to finish the painting, but I wanted to fill in the background for this evening. I'm sure the painting will dialogue with me the next days and I'll make changes again.

I'm so glad I did pick up a brush tonight and corrected my mistakes. It's so funny because I already know that I'm an imperfect painter, but correcting things can still be a burden on me. Heck, it's part of the journey and maybe the snow and the cold did have something to do with my lack of enthusiasm. :) 

BIG PICTURE

Sometimes in art, we get paralyzed by the mistakes we need to correct. It can drag us down, but the only way to get back into the groove is to face the music and correct those mistakes. There is no shame in doing that. In fact, it shows that your eye is so sensitive that it knows that your art needs correction. That's a good thing! 
Plus, mistakes will always be a part of our lives. No one is perfect. The main thing is: that we have the ability, the willingness and the tools to correct them! 

 

ACTION STEP

Is there something you're avoiding because you know you have to go and fix it first? Do that one thing this week. You can do it!!

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
— John Wooden