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Top Ten List of Signs that I Might be Addicted to Painting


who needs turpentine?

So, I woke up all sleepy-ish to let the big dogs out, made a little coffee, stumbled out to see the sunrise and I was so taken by how beautiful it was that I immediately set up the easel to catch one quick painting……….

Warning: If you can recognize yourself in 3 or more of these statements, you may have a serious “Art Related Issue”

(Subtitle: How I spent yesterday)

1. Have you ever realized, at 4:30 in the afternoon that you still have your hair in that weird, spikey pony tail thing that you do in order to wash your face in the morning? Oh my.

2. Have you ever heard yourself mumbling, quite loudly, phrases such as: “Dang!!! What the hell color is that, anyway???” or “Maybe I should do just one more small one” or “CRAPIZOID! I think I nailed it!!!”

3. Have you ever caught yourself frantically rummaging through your drawers and cupboards, like a panicky crazy lady, in search of nail polish remover when you realize that you just ran out of solvent?  Its not a good look.

4. In your painting excitement, have you ever accidentally knocked over your easel, flipping paint, your painting, your coffee, solvent, brushes, wadded up paper towels, etc all over the entire yard and looked around quickly to make sure no one witnessed your clumsiness, and then told yourself that it must have been some freak wind gust??  I know, reiiight????

5. Have you ever experienced grandiose feelings of artistic brilliance and elation followed by crushing jabs of self doubt and “what was I thinking?” and then noticed that you repeat this cycle about every 10 minutes?   Perfectly normal, perfectly healthy……..

6. Have you ever become aware of your guilty feelings about your excessive use of paper towels? 😦

7. Have you ever ripped apart your sketchbook so you could use the cardboard on the back of it to paint on?

8. Have you ever all the sudden realized, hey, wait…, am I painting in the dark?

9. Noticed that after sunset you are still in your jammy-sweat pants and forgot to take a shower? Oops!

10. Found yourself happily eating cold cereal for breakfast………..then again for lunch………… and seriously considering it as a promising dinner, so you don’t waste any painting time?

I could go on……………but really it was a great day! I ended up with 7 small paintings, well, actually I call them studies because I always feel like I’m learning on each one. It’s nice to spend the entire day in your own backyard, completely unaware of the time, painting and hanging out with your sweet dogs, who, if you are lucky, will occasionally rest their cute golden retriever chin upon your left foot while you paint. 🙂 All good!

Happy painting! xoxoo




Author: lynnwhipple

I am a girl and an artist. Short list of things I love: art, artists, painting, collage, mixed media, funny stuff, altered photographs, all things outdoors, freedom, smart stuff,music, writing, orange dogs and one eyed cats, all animals, chocolate, color, laughing, ideas, creativity, games, learning, dancing, yoga, summer, night time, cell phones and sneezing.

17 thoughts on “Top Ten List of Signs that I Might be Addicted to Painting

  1. what a lovely lovely picture you paint (ha!!) of your days painting! keep em comin- the painting and the stories!!! lovelovelove it!

  2. You make me happy with your beautiful sunrises and your cheerfulness. I think you may be addicted to painting, though. Just think, if you don’t take those jammies off all day, you won’t have to put them on at night. The dogs won’t mind. I don’t know how John will like it.

    • Hahaaaaa!! Excellent point!! And there is nothing better than a long hot shower after a day of doing what you enjoy most!
      Lucky for me, john is completely easy going! If I’m happy, he’s happy. Works out well!
      And thanks Rose Anne, I appreciate that you appreciate 🙂

  3. >>Noticed that after sunset you are still in your jammy-sweat pants and forgot to take a shower?<<

    All. The. Time. And wondering, How did I paint get *there*?

    • oh MY!! YES YES, BJ I say that all the time too!
      And why does green always end up on the back of my elbow???
      Too funny!!

      • I’m always kind of laughing at myself because I’ll be in the grocery store or out to dinner and notice paint under my fingernails, on my hand, my sleeve, etc….even after a shower. My husband will say to me sometimes in the morning “Did you go back in the studio last night?” I’ll say “Yeah, why?” and he’ll say, “Because there’s paint in your hair” or “There’s paint on your nose”…..etc. LOL

  4. Just came by way of Creshando… I love the moodiness your paintings evoke with each one being different. They are so cool.
    I totally ann relating to this post shared here, and it makes me happy to know I’m not alone…. lol Just switch the painting gig to a vintage jewelery redesigner, and you have my life. Eliminate the two dogs and replace with two companion cats that hover like guard dogs, and you’ve got my life… Switch the paper towels and solvent and paint, with a gazillion beads, vintage elements and wire rolling on the floor after being knocked over…and that’s my life. Forget to eat, drink and go potty, because one is too busy creating, and that is an artist…
    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your world. Like you I wouldn’t change my life.

  5. What kind of lights are those?

  6. ….and when I find paint on a favorite pair of bottoms, but I am immediately glad because they can suddenly be new “paint attire” that makes me happiest. Why do we have to “wait” to wear something? Is is only me? haha! Love all your new study’s that look like amazing paintings to me Lynn!

  7. Oh I can soooo relate to this Lynn! Especially the hair thing and the pj’s thing, sometimes i even skip the washing my face that bad??? Will be in touch with you today about my Florida plans…I sense something exciting coming! xx

  8. have you been looking in my windows again!!! OMG, I SOOoo relate to all these. It’s especially embarrassing when hubby gets home from work and finds that I am still in my jammies and never had “the time” to shower! I thought I was the only sick-o! It makes me feel better that there are other sick-o’s!

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