Being Human, and All That

4 Feb 2013

"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 Start Your Week with Steve, the free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Painting materials 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 time.

It's a great big world out there, and we're a part of it. Dream big and work hard in your painting art. The rewards will follow. Diaphanous by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

It's a great big world out there, and we're a part of it. Dream big and work hard
in your 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.

There are 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.

--Carolyn

 


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on 5 Feb 2013 9:45 AM

Thanks Carolyn.  That's inspirational.  Along these lines, I had a teacher say to me, "you're so cheap with your self, put more paint out.  This isn't the last tube of paint you intend to buy, is it?"  It's true.  If you can clear away the concerns of money and time, and just focus on your work, you can make great strides.

on 9 Feb 2013 10:04 AM

In my mind I know this, Carolyn... It's the application of the concept that always gets me...  But I constantly work on it!!   Always love your posts!!

on 9 Feb 2013 10:05 AM

In my mind I know this, Carolyn... It's the application of the concept that always gets me...  But I constantly work on it!!   Always love your posts!!

on 9 Feb 2013 11:43 AM

Carolyn,

I did a "guest post" on my blog of this post with all links intact and attribution back here.  But being somewhat new to blogging I wanted to make sure I didn't do anything wrong as far as blog etiquette or copyright.  Please let me know if I need to do anything else.

The guest post is here: TabascoCatArt.com