Humble enough to know I'm not better than anybody and wise enough to know that I'm different from the rest.

Humble enough to know I’m not better than anybody and wise enough to know that I’m different from the rest.

  1. step out of your comfort zone
  2. open your true self up to the public
  3. commit yourself to a daily challenge
  4. expose yourself by being held accountable to said challenge
  5. believe that if many can do it, you can do it too.

Maybe it’s my rebellious nature to fight the “have to” Or Maybe it’s  the quality of work I want to produce, coupled with my experience, it is just not attainable in consecutive 24 hour periods to complete a painting.  Both times I have set out to do a daily painting challenge, I’ve gotten really frustrated. Frustrated that my paintings don’t seem to come out the way I have pictured. I can’t seem to mix the color I am looking for or make the stroke curve just so. Maybe its because of the time constraint, I don’t take long enough to observe the subject, plan and execute the plan. The time constraint also limits one (with my experience) with a very simple subject, so I tend to try small uninspired still life paintings.

I have decided to be a little gentler on myself, paint daily, yes. Paint a completed painting everyday, I would want to share with the World Wide Web, maybe.

When I look at the progress I have made in my drawing skills, observational skills, and knowledge of the materials, I can see I have made giant steps on my journey to becoming an artist. The drawing on the left I drew in August 2013 the one on the right July 2014.

 

Progress

Progress

Practicing, painting, sketching, reading, about art everyday for the past 6 months have pushed me far. No reason to get a discouraged because I signed up for a challenge. Maybe I am not ready to succeed at this challenge, yet, but I will keep trying because it’s something I am passionate about.

the master has failed

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