I've been thinking a lot lately about temperament (that is, mine) and how what you enjoy doing is so tied to it.
I started really thinking about this last year when I read the fantastic book Quiet: the Power of Introverts by Susan Cain and recognised so much of myself in its pages.
Temperamentally, painting is a good match for me. I'm easily engrossed in the solitary pursuit of it, I enjoy labouring over detail, I'm slightly obsessive and I like work that means I get to be inside my own head. The challenge for me sometimes is to come out of the trance. Although, the kids quickly take care of that!
|Current work in progress - evolving|
The thing about the kind of work I like to do is that it takes time. I don't have a lot of that.
But I watched this great TED talk today about embracing your limitations.
Time is my biggest limitation but instead of thinking about that as a problem (which I admit, I do sometimes), it usually drives me. I force myself to sit down and paint when I get a spare hour here and there. I work with concentrated effort in short spurts...building something bigger over a long period.
Also painting, at least the kind I do, requires patience. Luckily, my kids are pint-sized teachers, delivering me lessons in patience every day. I'm forced to practice it a lot!
As I go deeper into the work, I need to forget about time (or the lack thereof), have faith in the process, practice patience and just keep going.