"You know, it's not a sin to make mistakes, fail to
succeed on the first (or 45th) try, or generally show that we're imperfect. The
unspoken strictures that some businesses, churches, schools, other establishments
place upon their members or employees make following the 10 Commandments look
pretty darn easy." --From
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aren't free and time is precious -- that being said, if more artists would
worry less about creating the perfect painting and more about experimenting as
a painting artist and getting better at what they do and the painting
techniques they employ, then they would sooner reach a consistency of quality as
a painting artist and create artworks with which they are delighted, time after
It's a great
big world out there, and we're a part of it. Dream big and work hard
painting art. The rewards will follow.
Diaphanous by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art.
But if you
skip that stage -- the one where you practice and try and say, "Oh, what
the heck; if I don't like it, I'm out a little paint, the canvas, some time --
but I've gained in experience and wisdom" -- then you'll find that you're
so worried about perfection, that you never achieve it.
enough people in our lives expecting unrealistic things of us that we don't
have to be one of them. Falling down isn't failure. Trying and not getting it
quite right isn't tragedy. Doing something completely different, just because,
isn't a waste of time.
Go for it.
Grab a different painting brush. Use a color you usually avoid. Shake around
your subject matter. Play with your paint and see where it takes you on the
next step of your journey.