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There have been times in the past where I have felt guilty or lazy for the fact that on a full painting day I would generally only actually have brush to canvas for 4-6 hours.

I think I was underestimating the amount of energy painting takes - not just physical, but mental, emotional, creative, and magickal as well.

My evidence for this?

That at 9 months pregnant, an hour of painting makes me feel like a pre-pregnant me just hiked 6 miles. Uphill. In the snow. With a duck on my head.

It's that accomplished, weary-yet-energized tired, though. And it's a goooood painting :)

(crossposted to firesea)


Aug. 28th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)

I spend most of my studio time staring at the paintings and puttering. It's part of my process. I need to wait for the paintings to "talk to me"--to tell me what they want/need for me to do. I need to "try out" what different marks will look like in my imagination before putting brush to panel. I need to spend time not looking at the paintings at all to get a fresh view when I look at them again and to incubate ideas. I don't know about painters in general, but on a full painting day I spend usually 3 hours actually applying paint and 5-7 hours staring and puttering. The time I spend NOT actually applying paint is still time I am working on the painting(s)--it's just a different sort of working. Like magick, there is both an active and a passive mode, and both are needed to create the final manifestation.

Aug. 28th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
It's the same with my design work, except that I use a computer. Unfortunately, most of the work I do is for a regular employer. Even though I'm non-exempt, they get cranky if I try to put the time I spend lying in bed thinking about a layout problem on my timecard.


firesea: self-portrait
Heather Keith Freeman
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