Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Percentage Game


I use “percentage” to measure all means of my day. 
When I wake with a clear head I say hooray this will be a 100% day today When I wake with one of my dreaded headaches and that nausea that accompanies it  I sigh and say yuk 70% today. I still paint even when I am in a 70% zone and whilst being creative I do not even think about my aching head.
It occurred to me today that I have now included my painting in my percentage assessments and it goes like this:
Inspiration to paint 100%
Choose a subject 100%
Goal to enjoy process 100%
Goal of expected satisfaction 80%

You may wonder why I do not aim for total satisfaction – simply to even end up with 80% would make me over the moon, I would have huge satisfaction with this rating as I know I would have learnt lots and be able to see where I could have done something differently and will keep that in mind next time.  I will never aim for 100% as I am not painting a photo realistic piece of art but aim to capture the essence of my subject with my colour choice in an expressive way bringing it to life as I make my marks on the paper. If I succeed in this then I am satisfied… for now!

When I set up to start this painting I aimed for my 80%. After about 30mins I was still heading for the 80%, 1 hour later maybe 75% and by the time I finished if I am honest I would say 70%. This doesn't mean I am not happy in fact I am pleased as a while back my percentage of satisfaction would have been 50%!

Hollyhocks
30cm x56cm
before matting & framing




Hollyhocks composed from 1 stem of real life - 
Ian and I lunched on Friday at a gorgeous French cafe in Willunga
 "La Terre"  Cafe & Jardinage -not only superb food but also a wonderful show of hollyhocks and cheeky me asked as I was ordering our meal whether I could take a stem home to paint. Oui!

6 comments:

  1. I like your gumption to ask for that hollyhock, Lorraine. An inspired painting! So sorry about those headaches, though.

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    1. Thanks Terry for reading this, have suffered with headaches for some years but they are on the improve.I am always inspired to paint when I have a real bloom in front of me so I guess this won't be the last time I ask for a sample!

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  2. Great blog, Lorraine.
    Also a good concept with the percentages...as long as the enthusiasm is right up there and expectations set aside, you're going to have a good day.
    may I ask a question? I noticed on Judith farnworth's blog, also a favourite, that you are getting into brusho. I tried to order a starter kit from Amazon.UK, but they wouldn't send it to my addressDubbo). Where did you order your set from please?

    Happy brushstrokes,
    Mike.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by Mike and for your kind comment about my blog. My starter kit has just arrived but I am a long way from understanding how to use it successfully. I bought it on ebay from the UK here is the link http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380367020012


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  4. Esto me parece estar al 110 %. Ciao

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