I’ve always thought of myself as someone with a good amount of patience. I’d watch Cliff get upset when we hit a stoplight, and I’d think, Why does he care so much?
I’ve waited months for a child to get the hang of potty training. I’ve waited even more months for responses from agents and editors. All the while, I was calm and plugged on with life and its many projects and pleasures and obligations.
But lately? Now that I’m approaching those golden years, not so much.
I’ve noticed it most specifically since I started painting. Acrylics are forgiving, upbeat paints. You can straighten a crooked edge or put two brilliant colors next to each other or add layers to create texture.
But you’ve got to let the paint dry first. And it dries fast.
So why do I continue to mess up a section of a painting by not letting it dry? Is it that hard to turn to another chore or project for a while?
Sometimes, I think it’s my exuberance for the painting. I can’t wait any longer to see how two colors will look together or if I’ve successfully captured the expression on a seagull’s face.
But sometimes, I think it’s my age. I’ve read that women get less patient as the years add on.
Patience has boded me pretty well in life, so I don’t want to lose it now.
I’m getting stricter about letting the paint dry. “No,” I’ll say to myself. “Go do the dishes. Go upload some bathroom doors.”
Time will tell if I am successful.
How about you? Do you find yourself becoming more or less patient as you age? Any tips to share?
Click here for a great Wiki How article link on how to be more patient.
The two paintings in this post were done for an antique toy exhibit that opens April 26 at the Orange Country Historical Museum. Below you’ll see Snuggle Bunny Escapes the Nursery and Watercolor Set Decorates the Sky on a Gray, Gloomy Day.