Ha Ha. I made that up. But sometimes I feel like there really is such a thing. I'm so, so close to being finished with this painting, and yet it feels like the end takes the longest. I know that was true when I ran my Half-Marathon. That last mile was endless!!
~~Maybe some of you know what I'm talking about. Here are some signs of F.L.O.P.S.
**When I get to the end of a painting I have two competing desires. One is to finish it as quickly as I can and the other is a strong desire not to touch it at all. In the first case I have to slow myself down or else I'll do something dumb. I can get in such a rush to be finished that I make bad decisions. You really don't want to ruin a painting at the very end.
Which explains the second desire; I really like the piece so far and that makes me nervous to finish. I can find myself procrastinating and wasting time when I need to just dig-in and get it done.
**Another sign of F.L.O.P.S is burn-out. My eyes literally stop seeing the details. Dustin and I were trying to estimate the hours put into each piece and we couldn't come up with an accurate amount. All I know is that there are many, many hours. The hair alone took about 12. The best thing to help with burn-out is to either talk to someone with fresh eyes or take a small break. Walk completely away from your piece for a little while. When you come back into the room you'll see it in a new light.
My husband prefers the taking a break idea because I tend to drive him crazy asking for his opinion, lol.
~~Maybe F.L.O.P.S. is real and maybe it's not. I do know that I'm struggling with all of these symptoms so I know I'm close to the end.
Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have a finished painting to share.
~~Now, back to work!
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