The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Monday, July 19, 2010

Painting Mojo, or What I Learned From Austin Powers

Ok, so it's not *that* kind of mojo. But have you ever lost your desire to paint? I do every once in a while. It could be from being too busy in my non-painting life (if there is such a thing), or from creating a few paintings in a row where I can find no redeeming value. It could be stress, lack of sleep, the phase of the moon, bad news, a sense of impending doom from watching post-Apocalyptic movies -- you name it. Sometimes I think it has no cause. It just happens.

What do you do when your muse flies away and plays hard to get? Personally, I try not to sweat it too much. I find other art-related things to do. Right now, I have been concentrating on learning landscape painting. There is so much to learn and try, I can get overwhelmed. I admit to being in one of those phases right now. 

So I am making a list (I can imagine my husband rolling his eyes, as he often laughs at my love of lists). I'm making a list of all the things I want to try, grouping them into categories (water paintings, trees, etc), so I can do them and check them off. Laugh if you will, but I am hoping there will be some benefit to making my own lesson plans. The list should give me something to concentrate on, instead of whatever it is that is suppressing my painting mojo.  Stay tuned, I will share them with you, no matter how awful they turn out. And maybe, like Austin Powers, I'll find out I had the mojo all along. Yeah, baby.


  1. Monica, you'll be fine. Just keep making stuff. ATCs, journal pages, collages, anything to keep going; the paint will call your name again soon.

  2. Thanks, D.J. I know it will. I have faith in my muse. It's probably just too hot for her at the moment, and she's laying around on a beach somewhere. ;-)