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Painting as a Hobby

February 20, 2013

Whenever I decide to paint I end up taking photos… I think it’s my lack of confidence – the end result turns out not as I imagined it and I conclude that painting is not for me (I’ve done it so many times, it’s really strange I haven’t given up completely yet…).

Don’t get me wrong, it’s just a hobby, so it’s all about spending time the way I want to, but I’d love to be happy with what I have painted a little bit more often.

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You won’t see the end result, but here’s some photos (what else did you expect?).

domestic1

I love colours! Sometimes I’m so engrossed in the process that I don’t wash the brush (there’s no time for that) and cover it in layers of paint…

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My tools – palette knives are as important (if not more…) as paint brushes. Painting is a serious hobby of mine!

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Here’s just a corner of the latest painting (masterpiece, no doubt…) – a domestic scene, which might inspire a completely new collection…

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Just a wise thought:

“A hobby is labor disguising itself as leisure. It is extremely destructive to the boundaries of private life.” 

Bauvard, The Prince of Plungers

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2013 7:34 pm

    …I seem to remember some pretty daffodils a while back?? Was it this time lasy year? My daffs are about to erupt into bloom. Maybe it’s the time of year for yor ‘hobby’!

    • February 22, 2013 4:22 pm

      Ah… you still remember my daffodils (https://decorartuk.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/going-for-it/)? They must be not too bad then…

      I must admit I do like painting flowers, so I guess you are right – it is nearly that time, when my “hobby” should start “blooming”.

      Thank you for leaving this comment, Mary, it was great to see you hare again! Enjoy spring and your bright daffs. K.

  2. February 20, 2013 8:40 pm

    I think the fact that you keep coming back to it is your answer about whether painting is for you or not.
    I face the same dilemma periodically. I don’t know how many times I’ve started up and stopped again. It does have to do with confidence. And the more you do it, the more confidence you gain.
    Hobbies are fine too. You can become a Prof Am- a new breed of people not educated specifically in one particular field, but through love and practice get to be such a good amateur that you slide into the Prof side without trying.

    • February 22, 2013 4:36 pm

      This is a very inspiring comment, Sarah. I do like the idea of becoming a “Prof Am” and, as you have nicely put it, to “slide into the Prof side without trying”. I guess it is possible, but it’s very important not to lose hmm… common sense? and to be realistic.

      I also agree with the statement that the more you do something, the better you become at it, I guess with that in mind I’ll have to spend some more time painting! K.

  3. February 21, 2013 1:47 pm

    I used to have problems with things not turning out the way I imagined, then I learned over time from others that there are few people who can actually do that, and the trick is to not get hung up on it looking as you imagined, but to let the piece breathe and be – embrace and adapt to the inevitable differences from what you imagined, and allow the painting itself to be your guide.

    These days I no longer have any ideas before I start – I do not know what my paintings will look like til they are three quarters done. I have found this to be a much more exciting enjoyable process!

    btw – I responded to Kristina’s comment about the interview but haven’t heard back.

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