January 4, 2017    |    Dry pastel on colored paper    |    11x17

January 4, 2017    |    Dry pastel on colored paper    |    11x17

I had some anxiety about this one. I had dinner plans with friends, and before I knew it, I had a mere 30 minutes to crank out some "bad" art and head to the restaurant. I got to my studio and set a timer for 15 minutes. I made a deal with myself that I would drop my materials when the timer went off. As soon as I put pastel to paper, I started to sweat. I pretty much went through the five stages over the fifteen minutes: denial ("there's no way I can do this in fifteen minutes"), anger ("this is bullshit!"), bargaining ("if I give myself an extra minute no one will know"), depression ("why do I even bother?"), and acceptance ("this anxiety is exactly what you're trying to work through; everything is going to be fine"). That last step took a little longer than the rest, but it came around in the end. 

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