Yesterday I spent my evening painting at Cre8tive Ways and I'm happy to share that this current piece is 2/3 of the way complete. And I'm really, really liking it. I find that as I work my feelings towards the work-in-progress waxes and wanes...periods of adulation followed by abject disgust...and back again. This circle tends to happen several times throughout the period of work which is, I think, probably why people become discouraged and give up most art forms. And perhaps it is the dedication to slogging through the ebbs and flows of the work that gives an artist a small vestige of mystique. The commitment to following through, no matter what the cost (usually to self esteem, I imagine).
I'm glad I'm getting somewhere as there are four other pieces in my studio that have caused me much pain and sorrow. I feel rather bogged down by them. It was especially nice to get into a different environment to work. Fresh space, fresh eyes. Looking forward to sunny days when I can work outside once again. And every time I feel discouraged I am reminded of the words of Winston Churchill, "Never, never, never give up." And because I live with a bit of a sports nut...I mean fan...who believes sports analogy applies to every situation in life, I often think of this speech...
"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.