Inside the mind of a painter: Pressure and Time

I have a lot of work to do right now. Several orders and a few offers on upcoming exhibitions but I just don’t seem to have the time to paint right now. But is it the lack of time or is it my priorities that needs to be made differently? I don’t want to give up my social life for my career but I sure do need to plan things better.

As an artist you are usually very sensitive. Somehow that role requires it. But at the same time there are often a lot of pressure to preform coming from different directions, from others, from society and from yourself. And yet at the same time painting takes a lot of time. And there is no way you can predict how long time it takes to create a piece of art. All of these opposite polarities takes a toll on you sometimes and today I feel caught up in the middle of everything. But I don’t have time to think about that right now. I’m off to a photo assignment that needs to be done and later a dinner with friends.

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19 thoughts on “Inside the mind of a painter: Pressure and Time

      1. I do a lot of painting watercolor and acrylic. It seems to calm my mind but sadly haven’t sold anything yet. I believe a few more art classes and I will solve the issue. :). I’m a photographer though and many have liked my work. Current student so time constraints and deadlines are nothing new to me.

      2. Oh I see!!! So you are a photographer and you paint! Just like me. How fun. Yeah it is so relaxing to paint! Well as long as you have enough paintings to exhibit and the right connections it is possible to sell! Don’t give up youll get there. 🙂

      3. Nice! What language primarily must I learn? Swedish or can I get by on English? Americans are a little uneducated due to our education system being as out of date as the record collection of our ancestors ha ha. I’m trying though, and am really wanting a fresh start with my family and don’t seem to have it here. That would motivate me to learn what I need to survive and to be happy. 🙂

      4. Yeah I understand 🙂 You haveto learn swedish but almost everyone knows english here since our education have a quite high standard 😉 so you can get by on english for some time.. but our problem is the cold.. sometimes we only have summer for one month up here 😦

      5. Well, it sounds fantastic and I don’t mind cold although I must admit where I live it’s practically sunny everyday. It’s the people here I’m afraid. They possess most violence and tend to have a crime seeking mentality. Most are guilty til proven innocent, and money is all that is a prevention of losing ones freedoms. Granted I possess the knowledge some things are simply “unfair” in life, I feel compelled to move and that all would be more soundly felt in another place. I love to travel, and am looking for best careers abroad. Maybe teaching English as a second language would provide me the tools to move? I heard they don’t teach us other languages for such a job, but it would seem to be more successful if they did? I may have to grab a copy of Rosetta Stone as I haven’t found a good translation to learn aside from that one. Any suggestions? My art-like mentality has found many from your country to be open-minded and positive influences of folk who I feel aren’t as prominent where I live especially. To trade it all for being on a plane with the like-minded is where I would like to be for the second part of life and am nearing 30 but still look young enough to get a bar tending job about anywhere too. I hate to ask, but is that a legal mmj area? I was wondering how laws worked but don’t wanna spell the word as I don’t want to kiddos to know. Shhhh. Lol.

      6. Oh that does not sound like a nice place to live 😦 Here it is quite peacefull and calm that way. People in general are nice but a bit introverted untill you get to know swedes a bit closer.. we party a lot on the weekends. We have a strong alcohol culture but mmj is illegal here. Holland is a nice european country with culture interested peeps and with legal mj not just mmj.. i have traveled alot and i really recommend that you travel to a place before you move there 🙂 and also teaching in eng is a great idea!!! In sweden we have a lack of teachers actually..

      7. I’m going to get my teaching certification here, through UNC (University of Northern Colorado) as well as my human services degree and am enrolled right now. Would you suggest staying on this track then moving or are there student abroad opportunities available? Options seem fair and plentiful based on what you say. It sounds very positive. Sadly, our economy is so bad with the health care they have implemented, it’s hard to work and not pay exorbitant fees on lack of work. I fear an economic collapse so am trying to line up my priorities. I heard the worst (and only part that’s negative of Sweden) is the television rental ha ha. Once when I was in Mexico I networked with some ladies from there and they were loving the sun but wouldn’t trade it for the world as they had plentiful Swedish pride. I cannot say the same while coming from the states as I know many don’t like us based on the views. I don’t have said views and only want a peaceful existence. I hear teaching is satisfying as they were teachers from there free enough to go on vacation and live happily. They had gluten intolerance and said the cuisine is very varied but a healthy assortment nonetheless. Is that true?

      8. All of that is true!!! Finishing school there and then moving is a great idea! Yeah. Haha. We have the television fee but then we have almost free healthcare. People only pay $200 per year for healthcare and free for kids. The taxes are 33% though but we dont add tax on the things we buy, its already included. Food here costs about the same as in Maine (I have family there) maybe a bit more expencive. Alcohol is like five times as expensive since we have strict alcohol laws on taxes for that.. The assortment of grocierys are quite good. Not as much to choose from as in the Us but its good. 🙂

      9. Wow that’s like all of America on Medicaid lol. I’m thinking of office assistant just to get me outta here. There’s always online schooling too. Three semesters is what I would be looking at which isn’t too bad. I only wish our system wasn’t greedy like that but unfortunately it is very much so. I think when I was a teen it hit that tipping point. Maybe if the greed changes within I wouldn’t be so compelled to move but as it is… I just don’t know. I feel that this health care sadly won’t work and 200 is fair for families. Here we are penalized but they don’t tell you that until after an election. Anyway, once I compile my work together maybe I will see you in an auction for art some day 😉

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