Hate your art? What do you do?
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Christopher Beaven
When you're frustrated or hate the art you're working on, what do you do? Let me know I want to see how other artists deal with it.
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Well, My previous method for not liking an artwork was to treat it as a sacrifice for my next painting. So if a painting or a drawing didn't go well, I wouldn't worry too much about it and just try to experiment as much as I can, as to at least get some new technique I can use for my next work. Though right now, I just accept that I have to redo my work about 5-6 times until I get it right. I decided sometime ago that if it isn't worth redoing 5-6 times, it probably isn't an idea that is worth pursuing. I should also probably mention my other technique is to leave my work unfinish when I'm not sure about it and photo it and fix it digitally. (I think I got this idea from this muddycolors post https://www.muddycolors.com/2012/10/rembrandt-and-dirty-tricks/) Then I'll post it here and ask everyone here for feedback and when I get them I fix them digitally and when I think it's good enough, I'll try to emulate my result traditionally ( Actually now that I think about it, it's kinda similar with Steve Lenze's tracing paper technique but for painting) Anyway that's all I got. I hope this reply somewhat help for anyone out there who's struggling with their art. (Also this Steinbeck quote help when I was more of a perfectionist "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.")
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pinkapricorn
It's all about addressing and resolving the emotions that brought me to the low place. Granted I have cPTSD (among other things) and thus am more "screwed up" than many people, but I still think that to get far with art study we all have to have something supporting us emotionally. What that looks like will vary from person to person but for me it's laying out a clear path to follow, knowing what "good enough" is so I know when to move on, being organized and knowing exactly what I want to work on when, having somebody approachable to critique my work, and probably most important having somebody safe that can lift me back up when things get rough and I fall apart. This is what sustainable art-study looks like for me. How about you? Have you considered the emotional side of things? Figured out anything yet about what helps or hinders you?
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Christopher Beaven
YES! Good enough! I really like the book Effortless by Greg McKeown. In it he talks about defining done. What does done look like for me each day? It's how much I can do in one day to keep my energy high for the long term. It's so easy to go way beyond that and do too much then burn out. Now I plan for the long haul. I have figured out that if I try to do too much, with art and work, that I get stressed and it's the stress that kills my mood and brings on the dark emotions. Social media as well. I try to stay away from social media, news and all that as much as I can. I also practice lots of self care. 10 hours in bed for 8 hours of real sleep, Mindfulness practices every day. Exercise every day and getting out into the mountains once a month. These are what keeps me with almost no stress, happy and always helping others in a good mood. Thanks for sharing!
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Steve Lenze
What I do is put a new sheet of paper or layer over my drawing, and sketch over it until it starts to make sense why it sucks. I learned this working in animation, whenever something wasn't working, you just keep putting a new sheet over your drawing until it works. If that doesn't work, I give it a day and look at it with fresh eyes. Often the answer slaps me in the face like it was obvious the whole time. Also, I cry a lot.
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Christopher Beaven
Haha! I understand the crying part, LOL. Wonderful Idea I've never heard of that but it makes total sense. Wonderful practical tool!
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Liandro
Hahaha, this all seems very helpful! :D
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Christopher Beaven
I forgot to add what I do... This happens to me a lot! When I'm so frustrated with my art and the inner voice says how much I suck I either switch to another piece I'm working on for a bit and come back to this one later or I remind myself that all my art has these points when it sucks. When it doesn't look quite right at all. Soon it passes through that stage in to better territory. But I always keep moving forward and doing something. Even if I hate my art so much that I paint over it. That has happened quite a few times as well.
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