Monday Motivator: Practice

Monday Motivator

“If you do not practice feeling joy in your every day relationship with art, the idea that one day you will be good enough to not hate your work is not going to pan out…

“It is possible to enjoy the process, to have real love for the end result, and to continue to improve and grow.”

Winona Nelson, “Stop Hating Your Own Work“, Muddy Colors 23 Oct 23

It’s all too easy to say you hate a painting and throw your brushes down in frustration and anger. If this is always your reaction, you’re developing your ability at being angry not your painting skills.

You’re lying to yourself if you say you hate everything about it, because then you would never have started painting it in the first place. We don’t hate the first brushstroke, nor the second; what we hate is that at some point things went awry, that we didn’t fulfil what we promised ourselves when we started. If you truly hated every brushstroke, then give your paints away and do something else with your time.

Find the “I liked until I did X” and “I never did Y” moment(s), think about what you might have done instead, and have another go.

Sometimes it might be a while before I try again, as with the viaduct at Cullen below, from 2019 and 2023.

From 2019: Cullen, acrylic ink
From 2023: Cullen viaduct acrylic ink

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