This is one of those longer drawings (done at Atelier Stoker’s Sunday session … that leave a lot time for a wandering mind. What do you think about when painting?
I always catch myself wondering what people will say. Maybe how much they’ll love it and upvote it everywhere … or hate it. How I could sell the result – or rip it apart if it goes wrong. It’s a distraction.
When reading an 2500 year old Hindu scripture that evening, I found a line quite fitting to the problem.
“Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty. …
Those who want to enjoy the fruits of their work are misers.”
Bhagavad-Gītā (Chapter 2 verse 47/49)
An option I strangely never thought of, but I’ll give it a shot: Ignore thoughts of rewards and reactions. It’s a waste of time and not what it should be about. It’s not about the resulting piece even. It’s the process. Which is not done when the picture is.