More Facebook poster quotes, Einstein this time: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." This, along with the following quote, makes a matching set, the kind you hang up behind the sofa in your living room: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
|Grass grows, wind blows, seasons change all the time. As we experiment and try
new things, we advance. Where Wild Things Grow, original and signed limited
edition print by Steve Henderson.
It's so easy to get into a rut, especially when, like many fine art painters, we have limited time in which to pursue our passion. For the sake of saving time, we unwittingly fall into habits that may enable us to produce more work in less time, but when we stare at the compendium of what is on the wall, we think, "Something's just not working, but I can't tell what."
This is the time to get in touch with our inner Einstein and approach the next oil painting you do with a completely different attitude. Remembering that canvas, art paints, and other supplies are relatively inexpensive, we can afford to "make a mistake," so to speak, by beginning the painting in a different way, or completely rearranging our color palette, or putting aside our favorite brush and experimenting with a new oil painting technique.
Like embarking on a diet, we'll experience easier success if we limit the changes we make to a few, and focus on trying them out and seeing how they feel. We may like using the different brush, but feel uncomfortable with a selection of different colors. The little unsettling feeling, however, isn't necessarily a bad thing, because it heightens our awareness and attention to what we're doing.
Go ahead, shake something up. Just not nitroglycerin.