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Tue May 12, 2020, 10:41 AM

I usually work on several paintings at a time. Is that weird?

Or do other painters do the same? I usually have 5 or 6 canvases going at a time. It all depends on what mood I'm in.

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Reply I usually work on several paintings at a time. Is that weird? (Original post)
bif May 2020 OP
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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:44 AM

1. I do watercolors mostly. I get totally absorbed in one painting.


Would love to try this sometime 😍

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:02 AM

2. I have two going right now

I might start another one. It helps me when I get stuck on one painting to move to another for a while.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:05 AM

3. I start one, decide for whatever reason my idea was ill advised and set it aside to work on another

may or may not come back to it.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:06 AM

4. No.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:14 AM

5. I have two or three.

For me if I give a painting a rest for a few days or even a couple of weeks when I come back to it I see obvious things to improve.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:18 AM

6. I don't work on five or six...

but I have been known to work across three at a time, especially if they share a color palette.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:25 AM

7. I don't paint (except digital paint by number 😆)

But I currently have 5 knitting projects, 2 quilts in process, 1 sewing project in addition to face masks, plus reading 4 different books. Like you, it all depends on my mood. Or what absolutely has to be done - this week the masks for zoo keepers and LWR.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:06 PM

8. If you're doing oil painting it's pretty usual to work on several at once

because, depending on your technique - for example, glazing - you will have to let the paint dry before painting another layer. Your painting might have to sit for several days or a week so you might as well work on something else in the meantime.
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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:20 PM

9. That doesn't surprise me a bit

As Iíve noted in my critiques of your work, you have three distinct and totally different focuses in your art and they are as different from each other as they can be.

Maybe it makes you feel split into three beings inhabiting the same body. I can tell you from experience, that being an artist, one who is serious, means feeling like youíre being split and pulled and pushed internally by some slave driving force that you are unable to resist. Internally it can be a wild ride!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:01 PM

10. not weird. they not only taught this in my spendy art school,

you caught a lot of shade if you didnt.
esp at this stage, for you, maybe you think about as many as you have room for.

or, maybe you should draw more.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:39 PM

11. Good to know I'm not alone in this.

Maybe it's the inner ADHD in me coming out.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 06:32 AM

12. I'm trying to do that more. It's better for my watercolors, which

I overwork because I don't want to put them down. I have to be careful, though, because taping up too many at a time means more tearing risks.
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