Well, it looks like I’m going to have to rely more on self motivation than on external encouragement. I’m not getting as much reaction from my Facebook friends on my art anymore. So I’m just going to have to be my own cheerleader. I can do that I suppose. I was having trouble yesterday, having posted my latest image and somehow knowing that it wasn’t going to see a lot of comments. And then I got the idea for my next image and I wondered, “Do I really want to do this today?” I don’t typically get around to the initial coloring the same day I finish the previous project. But I got the idea, and I liked the idea, and at any rate it would stay in my head until I got it out. So I started. And it was difficult to keep at it, but then I went on youtube and started listening to sentimental sort of music, like ‘Back to Pooh Corner’ and ‘Rainbow Connection.’ That kept me going.
It was kind of interesting being melencholic while working on this next image, a celebration of autumn with warm, happy colors. But I think the music I mentioned before managed to bridge the two emotions with a feeling of… nostalgia. And that was nice. It at least got some color down.
But I can’t stop there. I’ve got to be my own cheerleader, and that’s not as easy as it would sound. It challenges my sense of self discipline, to motivate myself to do this and to have fun doing it (just motivating myself to do it is hard, but not impossible thanks to my guilty conscience).