Time, Energy, Motivation: Pick Two

So I painted this weekend. I had planned the process out (and had to revise it multiple times after I started, of course). I had set the date in my calendar. It was a Saturday with no commitments, meaning I could put the base coat on the night before and then have all day to paint.

It was marvelous and I'm really happy I got it done and how it turned out. It's a space motif and you'll find a picture at the bottom. So how long did it take? The painting itself took less than three hours. Base coat was maybe 15 minutes, stars around 15, bluish "fog" around 20, greenish fog around 15. The first pass of the planet was almost 30 minutes. Then another pass at adding more blue and green to the right of the planet, probably around 20 minutes. On Sunday morning I made some final adjustments on the planet's shadow line which took around 10 minutes.

All in all 125 minutes, but I assume the reality is closer to two and a half to maybe three hours. Of my entire Saturday.

What else did I check off my to do list that day? Zip. Zilch. Nada.

But at least I watched 2012, Night Teeth, San Andreas, Independence Day, Jaws, and Resident Evil over the weekend!

Don't get me wrong. I love the painting and it was fun to make it. I've been wanting to do it for quite some time. It's just that a part of me just wishes I'd make more headway on the things I want or need to be doing. In some respects it's a matter of tunnel vision; of only seeing that list and ignoring all the things I still do. Writing here doesn't seem to count, for example. Or running. They're not on the list. I've also been fixing broken radiators in my flat (pretty smart thing to do since it's -19 C here now). And I've been reading a whole lot in geminispace, and having fun exchanges with other geminauts and bloggers over email and IRC.

And apparently I've watched a whole lot of more or less shit movies. On purpose. I almost watched Volcano too, but I haven't stooped that low. Yet.


The painting I made.

About my to do list.

-- CC0 Björn Wärmedal