-EricParks Astrolight EQ6 (6" f/6 Newt)10x50 Bushnell Binoculars
Mark Seibold, Artist-Photographer-University Instructor-Lecturer, Record holder for most sketch awards and un-broken record over the astro-photographers for over five years
Quote:...frustrated or in any other negative state of mind....Frank
Quote:BTW, you and I are about the same age. I was born Sept 1954.
Quote:Quote:...frustrated or in any other negative state of mind....Frank I sometimes find doing artistic things in different frames of mind can be enlightening and interesting. You can surprise yourself with what you can generate and the results are often quite interesting and different, anger and negativity can cause different approaches or tones and give subjects quite a different feel than excited and enthusiastic.It just reminds me that I don't always have to be in a "happy" or "enthusiastic" mood to do something like sketching, not that I've had an experience sketching angry [yet, but when I do I'm expecting it to feel like the man in the moon to be spouting lava flames at earth! ]Back on topic, I feel like I've been in a funk the past couple of years with Astronomy, I get into one aspect then hit a wall (mainly due to lack of energy). Most of it boils down to my personal availability, and not so much motivation. Like others have said, my approach is to step away and do something else until I have energy and motivation.I have plenty of motivation, but currently lack energy to act on it. One thing that I also do is write down the projects I want to do when I get that motivation and energy combo. Then at least I'm helping minimize the setup time because I have a "plan" so to speak. It also is a low energy thing to do that satisfies my desire to do something when I don't have the energy or time. I can pick up the list later and then go "yeah, lets do that tonight or this weekend."But I'm not very productive in many of my astronomical pursuits (astrophotography, visual observation logging, sketching) because of my current life situation.I don't know if this helped you, but it did help me clear my head...since I have energy but am currently staring a bank of clouds that are being overly persistent...
ErikaAutomatic doors make me feel like a Jedi. PCW Memorial Observatory
Quote:I would encourage others to give the whole near sphere a try. Whatâ€™s the worst that could happen? That you make a few mistakes and it becomes a lesson to learn from? Or that you might produce a masterpiece and get really inspired to do it again? Good luck,Mark
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Quote:Quote:I would encourage others to give the whole near sphere a try. Whatâ€™s the worst that could happen? That you make a few mistakes and it becomes a lesson to learn from? Or that you might produce a masterpiece and get really inspired to do it again? Good luck,Mark Mark, I have avoided the moon because I just don't feel up to it (health and in terms of my artistic skill or lack thereof). Well, right now I am not up to it as I have passed on 1 great night, and 2 good nights of observing as my back heals. However, since my students in an after school program are going to be observing the moon on April 2nd and 3rd, and my back should be better, I do believe your words will inspire me to give a crater a try after they are done. Until then I will find a good image to practice on. Your right, the worse that happens is I have a "learning experience" and I try again. Thanks for the inspiration. And btw, I was born at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Portland on April 20th, 1965 at 10:47a.m. for what that is worth.