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Painting, Procrastination and a Dead Prime Minister

Life and Art

Painting, Procrastination and a Dead Prime Minister

Bev Alldridge

OMG. This is too funny. Well, maybe more ironic than funny.

I’ve been kicking myself these past few days to get back into the studio to continue work on a new painting. I keep procrastinating and I only just said to myself, ‘that’s it, get in there!’ when I decided that my experience with procrastination would make a great blog subject… You can see where this is going, right? Here I am writing this blog rather than being in the studio.

Actually, when I think about it, my post on regaining control of my studio had a serious procrastination element.

So what is really going on here…I decided I was finished, then I decided I wasn’t but I don’t yet see a path forward with the painting and I’m paralysed, afraid I’m going to continue and decide it was just a HUGE mistake and that I should have left well enough alone. It is times like this I’m glad I live in wine country. (If there are any young people reading this, do as I say, not as I do)

"Perfectionists are often procrastinators; it is psychologically more acceptable to never tackle a task than to face the possibility of falling short on performance," so says Psychology Today. I'd like to think I fall into that category...but I suspect not. 

Anyhow, by this point you’re probably thinking. “What about the dead Prime Minister?”

I’ll get to that shortly. First have a look at the current state of the painting:

abstract, oil

As I was standing back, admiring progress to date,  my spouse (who is very supportive and I’m not being facestious although you can’t tell with the written word) anyhow, my spouse popped his head in the door, contemplated the painting and said, “Where are the eyes?” 

My response was, ‘Huh?”

And so he said, (here it comes…) ”That painting looks just like John A MacDonald.”

I gave him a look.

“But, without the eyes,” he added.

He then gestured the general outline for me and proceeded to print off a photo of Sir John. 

Bev Alldridge work in progress abstract
Sir John A MacDonald

So, you tell me? What do you think? If you’re a Canadian, you can check your $10.00 bill.

Meantime, I'm heading back to the studio, for real this time, and I am going to keep working on this painting which, I guess, means it is 'bye bye, Sir John'. 

Update: It is now two days since I wrote this and I'm still not in the studio. Aargh!

I'll be posting some updates of this wip on my Instagram account if you'd like to follow along hereAnd, of course, you can see finished paintings in my gallery here.