Matt Pierson Artworks | Artist Update | Swapping Schedules | 3-2-20
Mar 02, 2020
One of the things I have been struggling as of late has been getting down to the studio to paint. It has been the hardest thing to do my solo exhibition. I guess part of the drive was gone and part of me did not want to accept the reality that I could only paint early in the morning. It took a few months for me to realize this and jump back on the metaphorical “painting” saddle. Now that I am “back in action” so to speak I am committed to painting again. I am super pumped at the idea of going back to basics.
I remember when I was younger I hated painted still-lifes. I just wanted to paint whatever I wanted to paint. The reality of the matter was that I did not know what I wanted to paint. I had this perception of what I should be painting. It was a bit naïve of me to think I knew everything about what I liked and enjoyed doing, but I was young and dumb. I am still dumb, just not so young anymore *sigh*.
Anyways I am excited to get back to basics and start painting still-lifes. I haven’t started them yet, but I hope to begin one soon once I buy a few canvases. I know buying premade canvases is frowned upon from the art elites, but I am short on time and money. The lack of those two key factors for constructing my own painting surfaces has put me in a pinch and when necessary I buy pre-made canvases to tide me over while I make new painting surfaces.
The only way I am able to paint is to get it done in the morning, for the past few months the morning has been relegated to weightlifting and exercise before work. Although I do appreciate getting in my fitness goals before the average person wakes up, it can be very problematic when you want to be an artist. At first I thought I could tack on my painting sessions in the evening, but every time I tried I just kept bumping it to the next day. Pretty soon I did not even bother trying to paint in the evening. I was just too tired and fatigued mentally.
So I am swapping my morning work outs with painting. Already I feel much happier with myself and know that it was a best choice at this current time. I do have some reservations about working out in the evening though. I absolutely despise exercising after work. I am sure I will be faced with the same predicament I had with painting. Painting and exercise go hand and hand for me, it is my yin and yang. I am constantly trying to balance between them. Usually going heavier on one while ignoring the other. It is tough harmonizing them in my life and a constant struggle.