I listen to Audiobooks while I paint

Many months ago, I painted a portrait for a friend. It was a portrait of his girlfriend.  It was a very pretty picture to begin with; she has a really pretty face. It was my first time doing a portrait. I was so excited. I did the background first and sent the photo to my friend. He loved it. So I continued. I drew the face with white charcoal pencil. Yeah! It was perfect. And so I began painting. Oh dear… I messed up. What I painted didn’t look like her at all. I then watched some videos online and noticed that a lot of artists paint in black and white and then glaze color over it.

So I began. I painted over it in black and white. Not pretty :0 it was a disaster. I then started over it again. Layers and layers and it still didn’t look quite right. I wanted to give up. So, I stepped back and decided not to paint the next day. I just relaxed the next day. The day after that I started again on the face. It looked better that day. But again I was tired of looking at that face for so many hours a day. I don’t even look at my husband for that many hours a day.

Here’s what I did. I had a collection of audio books. I transferred it to my Mp3 player and put on my headphones. It was a brilliant idea. I was so lost in the novel I was listening to that I didn’t worry about the painting much. The task became quite enjoyable. My mind relaxed and hence I could produce better results. I was happy with that day’s results.

I continued the next day with the audio book again. I finally finished and added some extra effects too. It is amazing how much you can improve once you relax your mind.

Tip: Ask for enough time, well in advance when you take commissions so you can relax and paint and not worry too much about your deadline. If you think you can paint something in 20 days, make sure you ask for 40 days so you can produce better results.

And shop for some amazing audio books. I have the Harry Potter collection, James Patterson – Women’s murder club, John Green audio books, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many more… I’m still looking for more audio books because they make painting , so much more fun. And of course, you can also listen to podcasts.

It is important that you enjoy what you do. There have been a lot of times where I hav given up on a painting but I eventually get back to it after a break and the end result is better than I expected. Keep inspiring yourself.

I’ve always prized myself on coming up with goofy comparisons like Paintbrushes are magic wands. So here goes, Audiobooks are so much like our grandmas who used to tell us interesting stories when we were kids.  They never fail to entertain.

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