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What is the mindset a painter has while on the job?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Kobe !

I love this question because it is so unique and I hope that you receive a lot of viewpoints because we all bring our own "mind set" to the job of residential painting. I would like to share my experience and some advice for you.

I have painted rooms that I have had and I have done a bit of theatrical set painting and it's something I enjoy. First let's talk about "mind set" and what it is. Everyone is different, as you know. To me, mind set is cognitive processing, mood and attitude. These vary from person to person based on various conditions. That being said, I can share my own personal approach when I paint a room.

My first step is to use painters' tape on all the areas that I do not want the paint to fall on. My mind set is to be careful and not waste paint or make a mess. Than I spackle any cracks or holes in the wall. Let's say the spackle has dried and now it's time for me to start painting. I look at it section by section and try to be neat. That is the cognitive process. But before all this, I put on a long playing music file or a CD with music I like and that makes the painting enjoyable. Some people like to listen to the radio, too, while they paint for mood music or talk radio.

When I have painted, my attitude has always been good because I imagine the finished work: nice, clean smooth walls that are attractive. Because of that, I enjoy doing the job mostly every time except once when I had an apartment in which and had to paint a ceiling. That was challenging, but I did it. Your attitude and mood may vary depending on how you feel that day, if you have something in your life that you're worried about, but that goes for every type of work, not just for painting. Painting is definitely a results oriented activity, so just the fact that I am improving something or making an attractive change when I paint keeps me focused. Music in the background does help as I've mentioned already.

When you become a professional painter, painting other people's properties, you will deal with their specifications and requests and adapt to ever changing situations on the job. If you are able to meet their requests and are pleasant, they may refer you to other prospective customers which will be great for your business. So leave any worries behind and walk into each job with a clear outlook. If you are choosing to become a professional painter, you are choosing something you love, so that's the foundation you will have which is quite positive.

I hope that this one perspective that I have illustrated for you can be of help and that you start to learn how different each painting job will be. I wish you all the best in all you do !
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Patrick’s Answer

Kobe, my son , who's a talented artist, loves to paint all sorts of things, from everyday objects to people. I had a chat with him to get his thoughts on your question. He told me that being a painter is all about being totally absorbed in what you're doing, feeling a real bond with your work. It's a mix of creativity, practical skills, and a keen eye for detail, all fueled by a passion for expressing feelings or ideas through visual art. He thinks that a painter's thinking process is a lively mix of following your gut feeling and making careful choices.

This process also includes picturing the final artwork in your mind, carefully working through each step with patience and accuracy, and not being afraid to try new things. Throughout this artistic journey, a painter's mindset is defined by a deep love for the process of creating art, being open to new ideas, and having the strength to face and overcome any obstacles. This shows a gentle balance between skill and inspiration in the quest for creating truly outstanding art.
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