Monday, October 29, 2007

A Pep Talk to the Artist

Lately my art output has been a discouragement to me. I just don't like what's happening on paper. There is a real temptation in times like this to just bellyache and do nothing. So, I had to sit myself down and have a talking to, I decided to let you listen in ;-).

Here's why I'm not going to whine and stop doing my artwork:
  • learning what doesn't work is just as important as learning what does
  • you don't know what you don't know until you reach beyond your knowledge and experience
  • every artist struggles
  • every artist has painted something horrible they don't want anyone to know about
Here's what I am going to do about it:
  • check out a few art books from the library
  • learn at least one thing from each of them
  • glance through some books I own that I value and remind myself of some gems in them
  • think through where I want to go with my art in the coming year
  • look back to the beginning of the year and see how far I've come
  • remember that consistency takes time to achieve
Above you see another work based on Susan Borgas' FreeSnapShots' Gawler Ranges series. I'm not that pleased with it, but I have more of an idea where my knowledge and skills are lacking.

Susan's photos are amazing, do take a look. I'm off to read... :-)


Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Good pep talk Rose! I don't know what it is about artists, but we seem to be so hard on ourselves. I know that I am!
Your growth and determination to learn is an inspiration to me!

Valerie Jones said...

Hi Rose!

Yes, every artist goes through a time where they think their art isn't going so well. I am so glad you have the inspiration to look back at how far you have come and where you want to go in the next year. I'm proud of you!

Rose Welty said...

Thanks gals! I appreciate the support.