- not cleaning my brush often enough as I work - almost overcome
- taking paint from the middle of the pile instead of at the end - getting better
- not putting out enough paint - getting better
- not replacing a pile that's used up - being LAZY remember that sluggard post? - still bad
- haphazard arrangement of paint on my palette - OVERCOMER!
- not wearing gloves
- wanting to change a finished painting, from the season it was painted in, because we are in a new season - hard to resist
- overworking a painting - don't we all?
- mindless painting - almost overcome
- not taking time to do notans - still disciplining myself to do this
This is my current list. As you can see, I'm at different places with different bad habits. The good news is, I have developed some good ones along the way. As the list shows, I've learned to organize my palette the same way every time. I don't have to hunt for a color and I have plenty of mixing space.
I've also learned to have my equipment ready the night before if I'm going out to paint in the morning. I don't know how many times I've arrived to begin setting up only to find I've forgotten something. Most often it's trash bags, paper towels or new solvent. Replenishing supplies at least the night before is a good idea. It would be even better to replenish them right after I get home.
I think my very worst habit is not taking the 10 seconds to replenish a depleted pile of tube paint. Ugh! I am getting better at this one, but sometimes my laziness is ridiculous. It leads to so much trouble in the painting. I end up trying to get by with what I have on my palette and it begins to look dirty on the painting and on and on. Sometimes I've ended up ruining a perfectly good painting by this bad habit.
Early on in my painting, I thought it was crazy to think of cleaning my brush so often - like wiping it after each stroke. How could a person manage that? But, I've found that it's become an unconscious habit. I wasn't even aware I was doing it until another artist watching me commented on it. I was secretly happy to know I was being so careful.
Speaking of mindlessly going on, mindless painting is one of the things I've almost overcome. It's that thing I do when I'm carried away by something else besides the original intent for the painting. It happens a lot if I'm within earshot of other artists who are painting and talking or just talking. I've learned its best to paint quietly or alone. Maybe that's why my color theory teacher wouldn't allow talking or any music with lyrics to be played in class.
Putting a painting out of sight for awhile is a good way for me to resist changing the season. My worst is wanting to make a spring painting into a summer painting. Doesn't work.
And wearing gloves is an issue of a different kind, but important to me. I've discovered it's important to take whatever measures I need to in order to make it easier to keep painting.
What bad habits do you share with me? What are your unique bad habits you're overcoming?