Let's face it; there is always some outside distraction competing with art for my attention. Holidays are especially distracting, first because they are fun, and secondly because they are an important part of living a full social life,
It is not that I enjoy the holiday more than painting, or that I welcome the distraction it offers as an excuse to avoid painting. The problem is once that I start sharing my attention with other activities, I seem to fall out of 'the Zone Not only am I no longer able to focus on all the essential elements of a good painting, but I have a really hard time getting started again once the holiday is over.
My solution to this dilemma, has been to create a series of Mini Canvas paintings that can bes et out as part of the decor for the holiday. It doesn't have to be great art, just something fun that keeps me from freezing up.
This month Passover is the BIG Distraction.. It is one of my husbands favorite holidays. The Seder meals are something he really looks forward to, so I created a little mini canvases showing each of the traditional elements of the meal like:
Fresh horseradish and Romaine lettuce are the bitter herbs..
Hard boiled eggs , salt, and a lamb shank,
Parsley will be served as a vegetable,
And the dates, an apple, honey and nuts which will be made into a fruit past call Charoset.
By the time the holiday is over, we will have a completes set of Passover art, and I will not be as anxious about picking up a brush.