This has been more apparent to me lately. It's funny how you don't recognize the imbalances at first, as stress creeps, workouts start to wane, and the tweaks in my diet start to become habits.
Frustration occurs with artwork. It's not where I want it to be, and then I feel tired and negative. It feels like everything is going south.
Such has been the past few months.
It's a vicious cycle. When I found myself dreading class because it was such a struggle, I knew I needed a serious attitude adjustment.
Because I have this amazing opportunity to paint from life everyday! I have a pool of talent to ask for advice. It should not feel like a chore.
I'm not sure where the shift occurred. Maybe it is the unseasonably warm weather, maybe I was due, but it started with my diet.
Hit the reset button.
I made a direct effort to get back on track. I am revisiting the workouts that use to make me feel strong (oh boy- use it or lose it), and I am excited about my current projects.
In addition, I had a few quick painting sessions this week where I wasn't thinking about technical stuff, what I didn't know, or how much I needed to do. I just reacted and painted. Time flew by. It was fun.
Below are the two from this week (the color study is for a painting with a slightly different composition).