Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Know When to Fold "Em

As the song lyrics state, "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em."

I have been working on my series of remarkable, survivor trees, From Just a Seed, for some time now. When I began, I was energized and excited about the prospect of continuing the series. As time progressed, my energy faltered.  While talking with a friend, I told her that when I finally finished the series, I was excited to start something new.

Early Autumn, Pastel, 9x9 inches, © Lynn Goldstein 

It takes a good friend to point out when we are off course. She asked why I had this arbitrary number of paintings that had to be completed. Maybe the series was done now. I can be a little bit stubborn. It took 5 hours for me to realize how right she was. 

As a result of her wise words, I put away the series and completed 5 paintings pronto.

I am not finished painting magnificent trees, but I am thrilled to be moving in another direction.

Why am I writing this? Because my work is all about helping people feel peaceful in a hectic world. If I don't experience harmony while working, negative emotions will likely show in the art that I produce. "Folding" on the series was a way to return to a calm space while making my art. I am hoping that will translate to others.

Triumvirate, Pastel, 12 x 9 inches, © Lynn Goldstein

So, have you have ever "given up" on something that wasn't working for you? How did that turn out? Let me know in the comments below.

Kissed, pastel, 9 x 12 inches, ©Lynn Goldstein


  1. Painting and drawing is not a simple degree. However the people in this field are really God gifted because all this working id demanding.

  2. No, making art is demanding. Many don't understand that. Thanks for commenting.