Paint What You are Excited to Paint When You are Excited to Paint it

Sometimes it takes awhile before the obvious strikes home. Painting what you are excited to paint when you are excited to paint it is one of those lessons that anyone looking in from the outside would call a no brainer.

But as a professional artist you are production, management, and leadership rolled into one. This can make it difficult to know where one department ends and another begins.

The rolls of leadership and management often form a bloated opinion of themselves. While you need to have a direction, and need to track how well you are doing, you don’t need to check if you got more hits on your blog every half hour, or spend half of your day reading art marketing posts and books. Sometimes leadership and management need to take a couple hours, or days, off.

As a professional artist the best thing we can do is recognize when production has a hot idea to get out of the way, don our production hat, and slap some paint on board. (Or whatever your poison happens to be.)

Of course, there’s always the other problem, what do you do when production has run amok?

Late Winter Landscape Oil Painting

Late Winter oil painting by Brady Allen
Late Winter 4.75×10.75 oil painting by Brady Allen

Sometimes you have to loosen up.
After working on a still life where I have to be in control every second, I like to paint something where I can be a little more expressive. This is a little landscape that has a peaceful solitary mood that was painted straight out of my head. I called it Late Winter since that seemed to fit the moody low slung clouds and yellows of the grasses in the foreground.