…the lifeblood of growth. This is true in many fields—sports/writing/business/arts/etc. As a painter, I have often “lost” momentum. Those are times when I am either not happy with my work or have little inspiration to begin.
What causes this lack/loss of momentum? Depends on the day and the individual! It can be a discouraging event (Were you rejected for the show/by a gallery?). It can be family issues (Is someone ill/hurt?) It can be distractions (Is there a remodel project at your home? Are you moving?).
How do we regain that momentum? Depends on the day and the individual!
• A plein-air trip
• Get together with other painters to “talk art”
• Look at magazines/scrap files/travel photos
• Visit galleries/museums
• Buy beautiful flowers for a still life
• Paint small warm-ups
• Just start!
• Insert your favorite here!
My recent loss of momentum was due to a family illness. When all was well, I bought flowers (my frequent inspiration). Arranging Yellow and Blue (18x24) is the result.
Think about it. What inspires you?
Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind. Bryant H. McGill
If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. Holly Near