What keeps us from starting? Procrastination? Lack of time? Fear of failure? Not enough resources? We all have our reasons. I know I have used a few of these myself. Right now, I am working on a new painting; however, it has taken me a year to get started. I kept putting it off.
The last painting I did was a piece 40” x 60“ entitled “Fly Away” and it took me three years to complete. I could only work on it for 6 months at a time and it was the most detailed painting that I had done. For three years, this painting was all that I thought about, the only thing I painted. I had spent so much time on this one painting that I had a difficult time trying to decide what I was going to paint next. For several years, I had painted nothing but quilt patterns. I loved doing those pieces but now it was time to move on and I didn’t know what I wanted to do next.
Finally, I made a decision to paint one of my photographs. But, once again, I had trouble getting started. This time I was focused on my photography, getting our website up and running and then writing material for our blog. It always seemed like there was not enough time.
Then as I was looking for a quote for my next blog article, I came across this quote by Walt Disney, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” I began writing and I thought, “How can I write an article trying to encourage others to get started if I can’t do it myself? I thought long and hard about my reasons and I took a good look at them. The bottom line is – I was afraid that I was going to waste a good canvas because I hadn’t worked out how I was going to tackle my painting. I was starting something different and it was a little scary.
So, once I really understand what was holding me back, I studied my photograph and mapped out a plan and then I got started. I went to Michael’s and bought some canvas, flexible modelling paste and paint. And then, I got started.
Once I began applying the modelling paste, I remembered why I love painting. I love being creative. I love the process, the planning, the challenge, the feel of the paint, stepping back and taking a final look before you sign your work. It can be a joyful experience.
I am sorry that it has taken me so long to get started. Now, I am excited and anxious to see the results. It is interesting that I came across this particular quote. It is just what I needed.
What project have you been waiting to start? What is holding you back?