Monday, May 9, 2011

Creative Energy


Eggplant
4 X 8
Oil on Hardboard
 After a full week last week ( five babysitting sessions for the grand kids) and a busy Mother's Day weekend, I found myself tired and depleted today.  After a one hour nap this afternoon, I garnered up the energy to paint this little painting.  It was my second attempt at this eggplant.  It looks so easy to paint - but wasn't!  I entered this painting in the Daily PaintWorks current challenge posted by Diane Mannion.  So do you need a certain amount of creative energy before you can paint?  I heard on Azra's blog about a man who paints 10 to 12 hours a day.  That is unfathomable to me.  Is it just a male/female thing? Or just me.

9 comments:

  1. Lovely eggplant, Karla. Don't worry, I don't paint 12 hrs. a day either. I would start making so many mistakes it wouldn't be funny. I paint in spurts throughout my days off, balancing my art with photography, writing, house cleaning, walking, eating, long hot showers, snuggling with hubby. I do wonder what type of personality one must have to do anything for 12 hrs. a day. I only work 12 hrs. a night because I have to earn a living to be able to do all those other things I just mentioned. Maybe it is his job. That would answer the question.

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  2. Lovely little aubergine, Karla. I can't imagine painting that long either, unless truly caught up in magic of a piece (and I never have magic, alas). I also enjoy weaving and after 15+ hours, still don't have my loom completely dressed. I asked my instructor how she was able to earn money making huge yardage woven fabrics back in her college years and she said she'd sit at that loom all day, just as if she were at a job. After 5 or 6 (and once in awhile 7) hours working at it, it is just too much for me.

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  3. Carol, Thanks! We must share the same personality type. I took a desk job once and only lasted 3 months. I thought I was going to go out of my mind!

    It is his job to paint that long and he gets thousands and thousands of $$ for his paintings. Still, I couldn't do it

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  4. Sherry, I hear you. I am also a quilter. There is really no way to make money making quilts. You would earn approx $1.00 per hour of work.

    Aubergine.....isn't that a great word? I think it is my second favorite word. My first favorite is indelible.

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  5. I love the brushstrokes Karla and your loose approach.Yes I agree with you I don't think I could paint twelve hours solid either.I suppose we all have different ways of working.Maybe it is a man,woman thing because we combine all the other jobs we have to do around the house and treat painting as a pleasure.

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  6. You did a great job on this eggplant, Karla. The loose, expressive brushstrokes are especially nice. No, I couldn't paint 10 hours either . . . maybe one day!

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  7. Thanks Azra! Even though I am past my "prime" I still feel myself cycle each month in the amount of energy I have to do things.

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  8. I really love this painting. It's very compelling and intriguing. I especially love the texture and glow of the background. A beautiful and luminous painting.

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