I finally found a good Mahjong game app. I had it first on my Kindle, and have now downloaded it to my phone. It is similar to the one that used to come with Microsoft, which was my very favorite Mahjong, because I could back up the game with the Undo feature and figure out a different approach to completing the board.
I need to apply this lesson to my Art.
The lesson is to come at it from a different approach. If what I am doing isn't working, I need to do something different.
The Undo feature doesn't work on the Kindle, which is kind of annoying, but I just keep going until I have no matches left, then restart the board and take a different approach.
I keep trying to do the same things in my Art, even though I know they aren't working, even though I know I am not good at it. Painting, mixed media, putting several materials and media and stuff together in one piece. This just isn't me. I am not a mixed media artist. I am not a Painter. I keep saying that! I AM NOT A PAINTER. And then I stretch canvas and make a wonderful drawing and then ruin that drawing by putting paint on it. And stuff. Little things glued on. Or paper glued on and then ripped off for texture. What about stitching? Embroidered words in waxed book thread? Rubber stamping? Cut out shapes? Ugh! Stop it, Lisa! Stop!
Also putting several messages together in one piece. My message just gets muddled.
This time I mean it.
I have been working on a set of four paintings for most of this calendar year. And I can't seem to finish them. Which is usually my Left Brain telling me it's the wrong thing! When I can't seem to get back to it, I need to stop because I'm going down the wrong path! When will I learn? Now, that's when. Right now. I'm going to get those paintings to a finished point, and then pull them off the stretcher bars. I have been meaning to get some plain canvas to make slipcovers for my Big Journals, since they tend to stick together. I have decided to use my old paintings for this purpose. And then no more. I really mean it this time. My best work is the drawing. Even when I want to work big, after I do the drawing, that's all I want. It's all I need. The other Stuff is just distraction. Crap. I got lost in all that Crap, again.
I have started putting Ideas up on my old drawing board. Back to the Drawing Board! Ha.
Look at those awful paintings on the wall. Even my attempt at Art Journaling pages are a mess.
The beginning of a different approach: