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When you can't paint do you get... grouchy?


  • Richard_P

    No. I don't get grouchy, I get drawing.


  • SummerSummer -
    edited March 2017
    Yes, when I feel those negative feelings develop in me because other priorities are keeping me from painting or just working in my studio, I catch myself and consider the alternative:  Some of the greatest art ever produced was because the artists were institutionalized and they therefore had more time.  I know this is a little extreme, but it sure pulls me out of the doldrums pretty quick ha ha.   :)
  • I hate to admit it but lately (since the cloud challenge) I feel like I'm resenting everything that is holding me back including my own procrastination. The last because if I really wanted to I could set up and take down between sessions. Once I set up I don't want to take it all down and box it all up.
  • Yes I do...It's a strange feeling of guilt to not able to paint because of other things 
  • Depression sets in! 
  • edited March 2017
    I do my best to fight against this. I put a little more into pampering my self, forgiving myself for this shortcoming, work harder at being grateful, for who I am and for the artist that I am, and for all those who really support me, especially from this forum. It's sometimes lonely for some of us as well, often when we are surrounded by all the support we need all the time. I do my best to dispel fears, I do things that encourage me to be strong in the face of this, I continue to do my best to keep engaged in art, even if I don't like it, until I do again. Sometimes doing your best, doesn't feel very good, and this does pass, indeed. Sometimes, do something new, learn something new, real books are still cool and very comfortable, learn to get comfortable doing absolutely nothing! I encourage myself to smile and to laugh as much as possible, I stay close to heart felt things.
  • Yes, I get a little irritable if something is keeping me from painting. But that's an incentive to get done what needs doing ASAP so I can get back to what I'm happiest doing.

  • PaulBPaulB mod
    I'm on a lengthy separation from my painting, in another country.  One week has elapsed, and there is perhaps another six more.  I'm finding it very frustrating.

    The one thing I need to do is take photographs.  I'm in an area of outstanding beauty, and everywhere I look, I see a @Kaustav country scene.
  • @PaulB feeling depressed? Can't paint? You need Utrecht's thumb box! Make everyday special!  :)B)=);)

  • edited May 2018
    I admit I need to cultivate more patience towards myself. I have literally thrown a few brushes across the room in the past out of sheer frustration! 
  • Just the brushes? that's not frustration, that's just too much sugar. When you have to have windows replaced and plaster repaired, that's frustration.
  • Ah, so that’s what’s wrong with me    =) 
  • BOB73 said:
    Just the brushes? that's not frustration, that's just too much sugar. When you have to have windows replaced and plaster repaired, that's frustration.
    Do your hats make good frisbee's?
  • I draw when I am not painting or stain canvas one by one...
  • Yes. I've been more or less grouchy since January.
  • Hats are good for everything. Without hats, humanity would have ended before the pyramids were built. They make excellent Frisbees and water buckets, cook pots, bath towels, squirrel traps, oven gloves, catcher's mitt, peek-a-boo, feed bags, signal flags, place holders, camera tripod, brush holder, fly swatter, windshield defogger, trauma bandage, circle template, shopping basket, sleep mask, rain cover, sun shade, funnel, sorting bins, giftwrap, making a point, starting a fight, make an apology or pay a compliment. We're pretty serious about hats in this region. We go to great lengths to keep our hats and help people that have lost theirs. 
  • SummerSummer -
    edited May 2018
    We're all thinking about the one he left out.  Right?  In the spirit of keeping with the focus of this forum: "Do I have to draw a picture?"  lol  Gotta get back to work before I get into any more trouble!  :p
  • I do suffer occasional bouts of negative thoughts when not working in the studio for any reason. I’ve noticed that cooking a great meal for friends helps. I am retired and so creative activity seems to mitigate a slide into minor depression. Life is too short, so I try to create art pieces or culinary creations often😎
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