- step out of your comfort zone
- open your true self up to the public
- commit yourself to a daily challenge
- expose yourself by being held accountable to said challenge
- 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.
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.
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