($350.00....Two Companion 8" x 8" pieces...Pouring Medium on 300 lb. HP....Mounted on a 2" depth Clayboard)
In any kind of artwork there is an element of fear. It almost sounds like an oxymoron because most of us love to create art. So it seems a bit ironic that there are times when we have fear and trepidation about going to the studio and getting to work. The underlying reason is that nagging internal critic that tells us we cannot possibly create what we have in hearts to create. And the fear of failing can be so strong that it is more comfortable and easier to not even start.
The reason I know these things is because I've read and personally experienced them and I have talked to enough artists and ask enough questions to get down to the bottom line of why their work never gets done. There are some other reasons that come into play besides fear.
I have noticed that when I teach something that requires paying close attention to details and practicing techniques until they're mastered, that some in the class are quite disappointed. The initial excitement gives way to the realization that success might not come after one session of class. Indeed it won't!
Art is a process and each step needs to be savored and enjoyed. The truth of the matter is that we have all learned more from our successes than our failures, so if something doesn't work out, chalk it up to experience learned, make some notes (literally) and then carry on. Be intentional about doing your work and not giving into fear. Once you get started, you'll be just fine. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.
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