And to make matters worse, when you have figured out that you need to stick to one thing (oil painting, for instance), there's a list of what to do with it. Representational, realistic, landscapes, still life, figurative, figures in the landscape or in other environments, portraits, looser, more or less realistic, a painting a day, a painting until it's done (days, weeks?), 30-minute paintings, social comment, just for the beauty/light/color/whatever caught your interest, focus on edges, focus on composition, focus on value, focus on color, painting knives, brushes, rollers, series of this, series of that, this workshop, that DVD, another YouTube video, on and on and on! Anybody else?
I've been reading a new book by Jessica Abel, Growing Gills, which I find quite helpful. One of her ideas is that a creative person should focus on one thing, and put the others away FOR NOW. Work sequentially, not bits of everything at once. I'm finding that, though it's hard to figure out that one thing to work on, I am getting more done than before. I've spent the past 6-8 months flitting from this to that and feeling like a complete failure. I figure I can get down to work, do one thing, and perhaps master (well, at least become better at) that particular aspect of oil painting over the next however long. Not that everything else is thrown out the window (edges, composition, etc.), but it's more than I've accomplished in the previous several months! A good book!