Thursday, February 2, 2012
What Motivates You to Paint
I have attended the last three Painting Nights at Evolution Games and during each, the topic of motivation came up and it seemed like everyone there had a different mindset on painting, spending time with their hobby and keeping up on getting their armies painted. Let's talk about what gets us painting and why.
When it comes to me, I paint or build every night, unless I go out to the FLGS to game. Once my kids are in bed, the wife and I put on the TV, I build or paint and we spend time together and talk about husband and wife things. I realize that not every married person or even most people in relationships don't have it that nice and that is something I am very thankful for. Just having that kind of time and seeing the results every week of my work is what motivates me. Having a blog that craves content also motivates me, but I don't let it put too much pressure on me.
While at the game store, other folks expressed their motivations. Some were motivated by the chance to paint with others and, in fact, they only paint when they can do so in a group. Others expressed that they paint when they have a deadline (Adepticon for example). Another friend enjoys having multiple projects on the table, so he can switch from one to another as his interest dulls in what is right in front of him.
As you can see, there are different strokes for different folks and I am interested in hearing what other hobby motivation might be out there. SO what motivates you?