Since Monday’s post I have been rewarded with some uninterrupted painting time. It’s been great. I’m starting to like my painting again rather than look at it and grumble, oh great, another project I’ve started that I will have to finish. Do you have projects like that? I seem to know a lot of people who start projects with good intentions, and somehow, they end up at the back of the top shelf gathering dust. (Or in my case, they end up at the back of the closet, hiding behind all my other paintings.) I wonder why we lose interest in something we were originally looking forward to spending time on or excited to try. I remember one undertaking in particular I started when I was probably about 14 years old. I did a lot of tole painting on wood when I was younger and my mom and I found this really unique looking piece of wood in the shape of a tall fir tree, presumably a Christmas tree. We bought it and I had visions of what this project would look like once it was finished – I was super excited. (In retrospect, it would have been a great Wobble project!) I remember painting the tree green (side note, does anyone else have trouble with greens like I do?!) and then after that, for some reason, I didn’t quite know what to do with it next and rather than try some different things, I put it aside, promising myself I’d pick it up again in a couple of days. Well, the days turned into weeks and even my mom noticed and reminded me a number of times, would you please get on that project? I want to use it for Christmas! I never finished it. I don’t even know what happened to the piece of wood – it must have eventually gotten thrown out or burned. I have lots of projects that are hiding and I still don’t feel like getting them out and finishing them. Lucky for me, my carousel painting has intrigued me again. I’ve turned the corner on this one – I’ve painted enough of it now to really begin to see what it will look like once it’s finished and so far, I’m really happy with it. My desire to see it complete is going to get me to the end. I know I’ll feel good once it’s finished. Good that I started and completed it.
Anyways, back to my original question, why we lose interest in something we were originally looking forward to spending time on or excited to try – any thoughts? And furthermore, any suggestions on finishing up?