I was teaching in my studio recently and glanced at the bulletin board that I’ve loaded with sketches, ideas and quotes. I had written down the 5 stages of grief at some point and laughed (yes, laughed) at how the same list applies to the work of an artist. If you are an artist I think you’ll be able to relate to this. If you’re a collector, this will give you some idea of how hard our work can be, but you also might find the list applies to your own work, whatever that may be. And, as in life, these stages don’t just run their course and then “you’re done.” They keep repeating. And we keep trying to paint that perfect painting. All artists have a studio full of paintings that will never see the light of a show, but the ones that work make it all worth while!
Here’s an idea of what these stages mean to me:
Denial: This is not bad…not the painting I had in my head when I started…but maybe this will work…
Anger: Why isn’t this working? Why can’t I find that color? Why can’t I draw a horse?
Bargaining: OK, if you (the Art God?) just let me get this one painting done in time for the show, I promise I’ll clean up my studio and give up popcorn…and maybe ice cream.
Depression: This is never going to work. What made me think I could paint?
Acceptance: Well, this is not bad. This is going to work for now and the next one will be even better. I hope. I just have to keep working at it and I will get as close as I can before I die.
Repeat 5 stages of Painting. Order may be shuffled as needed.
Good Luck! And don’t give up!
Upcoming OPA Events
OPA 2015 Western Exhibition
Begins: August 7, 2015
The OPA 2015 Western Exhibition will be held at the Wild Horse Gallery, in Steamboat Springs, CO from August 7 – September 7, 2015.
OPA 2015 Eastern Exhibition
Begins: November 6, 2015
The OPA 2015 Eastern Exhibition will be held at Eckert & Ross Fine Art, in Indianapolis, IN from November 6 to December 5, 2015.
Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition at New York’s Salmagundi Club
Begins: September 17, 2015 Deadline: June 1, 2015
The first-ever Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition is to be held at the prestigious Salmagundi Club, one of America’s oldest art clubs located in the heart of New York City.