The Fruits of Love
Work in Progress Stage 6
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015I am reading Shawn Achor's, Before
Happiness and was excited to learm
about the finish line phenomenon. Apparently
when we know we're close to finishing a
project or a race, our brain kicks in
accelerants that give us the physical and mental
energy we need to finish.
We all know how this is in art, especially painting.
The start stems from an idea, or the visual stimulation
of a theme or model, or event in our lives. So
we are all fired up when we begin, and then there is
the middle, when we flag. The painting seems
too hard and we think we'll never finish, or it's
stupid anyway, or we were wrong to begin, or
we're all off. If we stop there we will stay
in limbo with that work.
But what Achor says is that if you can convince
yourself that all is going well, and you're nearly
finished -- bang -- brain resources flood your
system with endorphins and your creativity and
thinking juices up, until -- aha! Wonderful
-- the finished product. Yay!
Working today on finishing a work I started
last year, that was getting there, but not done.
What stopped me? Whatever it was -- it seems
a perfect subject today for a very cold winter's day.
I haven't made that many changes so far, and it will
mostly be just shadows and a bit more detail, but
it felt so wonderful to paint!
Have a feeling-the-Yay! day