Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Happy Eyes"

6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

This is a re-post of a painting I did last year. Got
tired of looking at the storm clouds and just had to
post something else. I am beginning to panic a little
at my "painter's block".

I've only posted 3 painting this month...the least I've
ever posted (not counting 3 weeks for surgery a year ago)
since I began Daily Painting. Yes, I've been busy and
distracted with Mom's move, but it's become
than that. I've forgotten how to paint! I'm 5 for 5 on
wipe outs. Obviously, my brain is telling me to take a
break so I think I will listen to it. For the next few days
I'm not thinking or attempting to paint. Hope it works!


Cathyann said...

hi, Gwen!...remember you are not a machine!!! take a walk, read a ....BTW those clouds were dynamic and well rendered. We will still be here.:-)

Karen Martin Sampson said...

Yes, Gwen, just take a break and don't even THINK about paintings. Read some books you've been dying to get to, or go to some places you've been meaning to stop by - take a friend out to lunch. Whatever. Your brain will continue to work on stuff somewhere deep inside and you will know when it's right to pull out the brushes and canvases again! Sorry to hear you have been a bit depressed about your Mom's move. Just when things seem sorted out in life something up and changes and even when it is for the best we tend to fight that change. I know well how hard it is to go with the flow. Be of good cheer - your blogging friends are out here and have virtual shoulders to cry on:-)

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gwen, don't panic. I have been struggling for several months too. I have always been told, when that happends to go back to basics. So when I attended a workshop with Qiang huang, everything started clicking again for me. I think it was because, trying to adapt to his techniques forced me to go back to basics. Try it!

Layne Cook said...

Hi Gwen! I've been pretty absent too- just too much going on. I lack the rhythm that happens when I paint more regularly. I bet you'll get your mojo back when you get back into the groove. BTW, this is a sweet portrait. Lots of personality!susatin

Dors said...

Take it easy Gwen Have a nice well earned break. I think we all have times when things get us down and are hard to cope with. I have had several months of it myself.
I do hope you Mom is settling and I know she will.It just takes a little time. i hope the new year brings you peace. Your work is brilliant and I am sure after all the rush of Christmas is over, you will be right back into your painting.Sending you lots of hugs xx

Peter Lee said...

Hello Gwen,
Speaking of the break, I'm just back to my easel after a year and a half of not painting at all - for some unavoidable reason!
It is a blessing to be able to paint everyday, but I think sometimes we need a break for whatever reason whether external or internal.
My suggestion for you would be just relax and don't feel any obligation to paint. Maybe do some light pencil sketches around.
Anyway, your portrait of "happy eyes" is delightful and so charming. She looks really happy!!
Also, your painting of three apples is just gorgeous - I love the fresh red. How could you resist not to bite those?

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

This phenomenon happened to me this summer when I stopped for four weeks, but be realistic it's not a real problem. You have not forgotten how to paint, but if you keep saying that it's like a negative affirmation, and painting will be hard. Take a deep breath, find something juicy to paint, and realize that you are a superb artist. Plus you deserve not to paint or blog if you don't feel like it. Great painting of the little girl. Come on Gwen, you're going through a hard time.

Virtual hugs from Toronto,


LindaHunt said...

Hi Gwen...the same thing happened to me several months can cause so much apprehension. I took some time off and changed my studio around and did some reading about creative blocks. Hope that you feel better soon! Just enjoy some R and R!

Mitzi Easley said...

Hi Gwen - Not to worry, friend. as you can tell from these comments - and I'll add mine - it happens to all artists. And I even think the panic-y feeling is part of getting over it. Take a break - visit with friends, do something nice for yourself - your muse is just taking a well-deserved vacation! xoxo M

Kim said...

Loved her then, love her now. As everyone else has mentioned, we all go through it, but it's unnerving when you're the one it's happening to! Take a break and don't feel guilty ; ) Soon you'll see something that will inspire you and it will all come back. You're talented beyond measure, your spirit just needs a little time out : ) (and remind me of this when I post the same kind of message!)

Indiana Kreidlers said...

I just found your blog by accident--going from my blog to Next Blog. I have subscribed because I love looking at your paintings. Good luck with your time out. Relax and return when you are ready.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I do think we all go through this at one time or another. I have found that sometimes reading good art books, looking at great art or just scrolling through the art blogs and checking out the amazing work done by masterful artists such as yourself to be just what I need to get rejeuvenated.Other times, just getting some rest helps.
It will pass, and I for one will be looking forward to seeing your next painting here up on your blog!

Kim Blair said...

Hi Gwen:
As others have said, we all go through this, and often, (like you have chosen to do)it is best to take a break from painting and do something different. I have no doubt that something will inspire you and before you know it you will be ready to pick up the brush again.
We all need a break now and then to refresh our creativity in new ways.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

So much good advice. Something will trigger that need to get back to it. You're an artist. It's inside you and will come out when you're ready. Can't wait to see what you start working on!

Carol DeMumbrum said...

I hope you are taking some time to enjoy time for yourself. After a year of blogging I think back to when I started and your blog was one of the first I was drawn to, and how excited I was when you left a sweet comment and starting following my blog. You have always been an inspiration to me.

It's good for us all to share we have bad days. Thanks for always sharing!! I pray your mom is doing well.

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Gwen, as you can see from all of 'our' statements, we've all had this one time or another and then sometimes another after that - eg: open studio, exhibit, etc. Time and life will fix it, I promise!!! Time to do some girly-goes. Shopping for say art supplies, lol. Hang in there!

Gwen Bell said...

I can't tell you how much all of these encouraging comments mean to me! Thank you all so much. I am taking all of this great advice to heart. Unfortunately, now I have the Flu so looks like it will be even longer until I'm back at it.

DEB said...

I recognize "Those Eyes" from James' challenge eons ago...Sometimes it's fun to drag out the old pieces. Right now I'm in a candy / bakery phase. This time last year it was all animals. Wonder what 2011 will bring for us?!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Gwen, I was really thinking about you today, and hoping that you were finding your creative muse again.
So sorry to hear that you are under the weather! Hope you are getting lots of rest and chicken soup. Take care.

Faith Te said...

Ms. Gwen, I fully understand what you're going through! I wish I could offer encouraging words too but I am also going through this very same thing right now. I haven't done any serious painting for weeks! Anyway, I hope it makes you feel better to know that you're not alone. Please get well soon!

@Barbara Shopping for art supplies does help, lol. I did that a day or two ago, but when I began using the new brushes today I found that I've forgotten how to paint :(

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

having drawn/painted every single day of 2010 no matter what for a year long challenge to myself, including flu, I have come to the conclusion that we are not supposed to be so rigid around art. take the time Gwen...relax a bit..visit a museum...get inspired again.

Tammy Hext said...

this is a gorgeous painting - it made me smile when I saw it. I suggest a break too, it seems to go in waves for me. Sometimes I am riding it and sometimes I am paddling against it.

Karen Bruson said...

You haven't forgotten. You're probably just distracted. Go easy on yourself. Have you noticed how many I've posted lately? Women carry a heavy load with their families. They need us and we need to be there for them. Just observe for awhile. Go shopping.

Becky Joy said...

Sometimes it is better to take a break instead of becoming frustrated. Hope life is getting better for you.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Gwen, you've been hitting it out of the park consistently but I know the feeling. Life happens around us.
Tough about your Mama's move but relax and scroll through your blog and look at all you've accomplished.
Your paintings are beautiful.