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Introvert, Extrovert, Ambivert

Man walking alone

I recently read a post about what kind of personality a person has. Find the original post here http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/the-myth-about-introverts-extroverts-could-you-be-an-ambivert/. The funny thing about reading it is that now I’ve thought my way into a bad mood.

I’m an introvert by definition. I feel refreshed, energized, and like I can be myself when I’m alone. If I could inhabit a single story of an old warehouse with my studio, a soccer goal, and a workshop I’d probably be quite content. I love people, but being around them (any of them) full-time is exhausting and emotionally draining. In fact, all of those post-apocalyptic movies are somewhat appealing to me, not because of the requisite zombies and vagabonds but because of how peaceful it seems. I know, right? A post-apocalyptic movie seems peaceful to me…

So this week I haven’t had much (any) time by myself. I’m edgy, annoyed, irritable, and my nerves are raw. I’m fantasizing about hiking far from civilization so I can breath. That won’t be happening today, so maybe I’ll go clean the garage and paint a bit. Yeah, that’s a decent alternative.


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New Art Blog

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Painting of Mill City MuseumAfter a 2 1/2-year hiatus from painting I started again in earnest this past fall. One of the paintings I’ve finished is of the old part of the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. My wife and children have been there many times and always comment on how wonderful it is. I’ve never actually visited Mill City, although I’ve walked along the boardwalk where my reference picture was taken.

From the perspective of my artwork, painting buildings can be somewhat difficult. My paintings often straddle the line between representational images and organic cubism, meaning there can be elements of both what you see and geometric shapes. The “ruins” of Mill City Museum was particularly strange to paint in my style- few recognizable shapes, as well as lots of raw geometry and lines. I worked on the painting on and off for over 3 years, and never once liked what I’d painted on it until 10 minutes before I finished it. What can I say, I’m critical of my work 😀 It’s now one of my favorites.