Sunday, August 9, 2015

Enjoying the Process

When emailing a friend, I told her that I was starting a new painting. After seeing my reference photo instead of saying "I can't wait to see the final painting", her comment was "Enjoy the Process".

That really struck me as a great thing to say to someone. Enjoy the process! How often do we start a painting, work through it, only to get to the end? It's like that old saying "It's not about the destination, but the journey that matters."

To me the process begins when I get the idea of what I am going to paint. I then either go to the art store and purchase the perfect canvas, or, if I am lucky, I have the right size at home.

The moment I take the plastic off the canvas, the process begins. The next step in the process might take several days, as I mentally create the painting before making a mark on the canvas.

Trying to slow myself down, I enjoy each new layer of paint that goes on, embracing the magic that appears or twists my mind, as I stumble over roadblocks.

I'm going to write that phrase down and post it in my studio, as a reminder to myself to "Enjoy the Process".

Are you enjoying the process in everything you do?

Till Next Time ...
From the Prairies, to the West Coast and Beyond...

1 comment:

Margery said...

Absolutely! Like reading a good book, eating good food, watching a great movie, and
travelling, painting is much about enjoying the process! And then as in all journeys, sitting back to talk about or admire the outcome and destination! 🎨