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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Castaway Preserve

12x16 inches
oil on panel


Painter's Tip

Know what you can do

I don't know about yours, but my life is full of stress most of the time. I am ADD and Manic, so you can imagine what it is like to be around me very much. I am completely driven and I work about 16 hours a day 50 weeks a year.

Unfortunately, that takes a toll on my friendships with other artists. If I haven't made somebody mad before the week is over, it is a big surprise. It's never intentional. I just don't work well with people and I'm terrible at groups. I am a loner and an individualist.

I think many artists are quirky and difficult because we see and feel more than others. We wear our emotions like a shirt for all to see. We are putting our work out for the public to embrace or reject every day. We are our work, so the rejection is personal.

We must learn to do what we do well, and to say no to possibilities that we are not well suited for. We need to "clean house" in our lives and get rid of the annoying projects, groups, memberships that simply don't work, and more importantly, not start projects that we cannot handle emotionally in the first place.

Unfortunately, this process takes a bit of self analysis, which many of us are not good at and don't want to take the time to do.

Sweeping out the difficult and annoying things that take us away from our work will give us much needed peace of mind and more time for our work.


Anonymous said...

This ones a beauty Linda! I love the composition and colors.

Its so surprising to find out you make people mad so often, you are so nice an helpful online!

I have trouble in non-artist groups, most artists I get along fine with. Lori

Linda Blondheim Art Studio said...

Well, I don't know why Lori, but I seem to alienate people because I am pretty direct most of the time. I am very demanding of myself about being professional, on time, having all of my materials ready, my resume updated and so forth. Many artists don't think that is important so we clash on those issues sometimes.