‘Busyness’ is the enemy of sitting down to paint.
Which is ironic, because painting can actually neutralise the feelings of being hurried:
“Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste” Theodore Roethke
Especially my detailed, realistic style of painting that just can’t be rushed.
To inspire you to make some space to slow down and paint, I wanted to share with you the remarkable talk ‘When you feel the need to speed up, slow down’ by Kimi Werner.
Kimi’s a free-diver who had an encounter with a great white, which turned into a beautiful, experience of a lifetime, purely because she was able to SLOW right down instead of panicking and speeding right up!
Though it feels counter-intuitive, rejecting the ‘speed-up’ impulse is a great skill to develop.
The talk is quite long but the amazing shark incident is shown after only about 5 mins:
I hope you’re able to slow down and paint this week!