That went Better than I Thought

I recently returned to painting after a long break. Although I felt uncomfortable and doubtful at first, I persevered and completed a small painting of Black-eyed Susans. To my surprise, the painting turned out rather well, but my biggest accomplishment was overcoming my fears and persevering to the end. 

In my previous blog post, More than Starting a New Painting, I discussed the challenging task of reigniting my artistic passion after a long hiatus. I emphasized the importance of focusing on the process rather than the end result and urged myself to keep going despite any fears or uncertainties. This painting marked a personal triumph for me and a new beginning.

oil painting of Black-eyed Susan flowers, 6x6 inch
© Nancy Murty | Black-eyed Susans | 6×6 in | oil on linen | sold

Admittedly, there were moments when I was tempted to wipe the paint off, succumbing to frustration. Okay, maybe I did swipe at it once or twice — fine, a few times. But let’s give credit where it’s due; I didn’t obliterate the entire piece, just a tiny section.

Where exactly did I wipe the paint off, you ask? Well, it was one of the flowers in the background, but I’ll leave the specifics to your imagination. As I furiously attempted to salvage the mess, the once-promising canvas morphed into a chaotic blur of colors. Panic ensued, accompanied by a stream of colorful language (apologies, Mom, for the choice of words).

Then, a whisper from within urged, “Step away!” Even though I was hesitant, I obeyed and took a small break. Learning a valuable lesson in restraint. When I returned, I found that the area I was struggling with seemed to be solved with each brush stroke —a testament to the power of perseverance.

The experience reinforced a crucial lesson: progress often comes from facing difficult situations. While there may be setbacks along the way, with creativity and determination, we can find solutions and succeed. This is especially true in the world of painting, where we must navigate through both good times and bad.

“If you wait for things to be perfect, you walk away with nothing. Just jump in and get started.”

— Jennifer Ritchie Payette

As Jennifer Ritchie Payette aptly said, “If you wait for things to be perfect, you walk away with nothing. Just jump in and get started.” Perhaps I should pin this quote to my easel or, better yet, tattoo it inside my eyelids — starting with the former, of course. But if all else fails, there’s always the tattoo parlor.

Maybe I’ll see you there.

nancy

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