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SUMMER CAN BE A GUT CHECK
by PAT QUINN on 7/7/2008 6:16:49 AM



  What I've found over the years is how much easier it is in life to be dedicated to something in the winter months as opposed to the summer. I remember back in the day when I practiced guitar, how many kids practiced for hours in the winter only to let them collect dust as they went to the pool everyday in the summer, myself included.
 
  I had to choose between the two as there are only 24 hours in a day. And I chose my art. There have been many, many, days in the summer where I have been painting and looking out the window at the nice sunny day outside. Sometimes it's easy, and sometimes it's not to be dedicated to something, but you learn not to be hard on yourself when discipline fails.
 
  Now that I look at it, I guess I had an advantage growing up. My first job was at the local supermarket so you get used to being inside a building with people coming in to shop saying how beautiful it is outside. It was always funny how people called off sick when it was 75 degrees and no clouds in the sky, but came in with a cold, flu, and sore throat in the winter because they "needed the money".
 
  The point I'm trying to make is that we all have built in programming from years of life that shape our thoughts and feelings, and this is what I think it comes down to. Winter is the time to "go to the woodshed" and work on yourself, improve, and work on some goals. At New Years (the winter), how many resolutions are health related? I'm picturing now the scene from "Rocky" where he's jogging in the sweats outside in the snow. All that is well and good until the leaves come back in May and the mind enters into the "summer fun" mode.
 
  It almost produces a guilty feeling that, "hey you only live once so I'm really going to have fun this summer" along with the feeling of knowing that important work needs to be done. I guess like everything else in life, moderation is the key along with making adjustments to see what works, and what don't work in your situation.
 
  That's it for now, what do you think? Do you deal with these feelings when you work in the summer? Leave a comment and let me know. I'll see you on Wednesday, take care.


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karen cooper
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Hi Pat,

It sounds like you are on the verge of becoming a plein air artist! We have wonderful trees right outside my second floor studio, and that gives me the privilege of opening the balcony doors and letting summer in, pretty lucky, aren't I? :) I think taking some paint and a canvas outside is always good therapy though. Working from 'real' instead of the photo always gives a painting that something extra.

Later, Cooper
http://karencooperpaintings.com

karen cooper
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Hi Pat,

It sounds like you are on the verge of becoming a plein air artist! We have wonderful trees right outside my second floor studio, and that gives me the privilege of opening the balcony doors and letting summer in, pretty lucky, aren't I? :) I think taking some paint and a canvas outside is always good therapy though. Working from 'real' instead of the photo always gives a painting that something extra.

Later, Cooper
http://karencooperpaintings.com










 
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