I have been focusing on the rider and bull mostly at this point because the background has really clicked into place. Interesting story about this and my last two paintings. As I mentioned before, I am a slow, methodical painter who does not plan out a lot of aspects to the finished image from the beginning. Unfortunately, many times I run into roadblocks when trying to fit one part of a painting into another. From my first post about this painting you can see that I had the bull started and not much else because I still had no idea what I wanted for a background. It had to be hellish of course, but how do you do that and make it believable that someone is riding a bucking bull through it.
Well, you can see that I had made a start on the upper half then hit a wall. I could not see how to bring the floor out from the great background I had created. I could not see how the two areas fit together, so I stopped. I literally closed the file and quit painting. Of course, this was also the time I was dealing with a ridiculous amount of stress from work, which may have been affecting my efforts. The more pertinent fact though was a lack of professional training. I never learned how to discipline myself to work on images, usually waiting for inspiration to drive me into a frenzy of creativity.
Then I lost my job and my way for a bit. I had all kinds of time on my hands but no idea what to do with it. Because I don’t have an entertainment package, I watch a lot of YouTube videos. Luckily, I watched a video on, I think, the difference between professional and amateur writers. The big difference the video pointed out is that professionals don’t sit and wait for inspiration. If they are stuck, they still make themselves work on something for the project and trust that the process will help them find the inspiration. In other words, they keep moving. At this point I had three projects that had frozen up on me because they had overwhelmed me, Rodeo, Linear Thinkers in a Non-Linear Universe, and Termanicz. All partially finished but out of ideas. I decided to try the YouTube method out.
You can see that I have found some success. Both Termanicz and Linear Thinkers in a Non-Linear Universe are done and I have made great strides on Rodeo. I hope to continue in this vein so I can produce more quality work per year than I have ever done before. So far, Rodeo is turning out way better than I imagined it could. If you have trouble completing projects, consider trying this method and letting the process of working free up the inspiration.