|'Standing Up Country' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David ThoreauDo you ever doubt yourself? Do you ever wonder if you are going about your art the right way? Do you ever look around you and compare yourselves to other artists? Wonder how you measure up? Think that maybe you need to be more like them and you just aren't going about it the right way?
I imagine most of us go through this self doubt every once in awhile. Long hours alone in the studio can do that to you! I have very simple goals for my art. I just want to paint what I enjoy while always looking to improve. I want to share what I learn with other artists through teaching and this blog. But sometimes I wonder if I should be pushing harder and being more focused.
|'Canyon Country Grandeur' 6x8 pastel|
- Remind myself that it is the journey that is more important than the destination. If I am not enjoying the journey of creating art than the final destination will not be worth it.
- Give myself permission to experiment and play with my paintings. I don't have to always produce a successful painting. I will learn through these playful experiments!
- Refocus on the things that I do best and find ways to do them even better.
The painter, being concerned only with giving his impression, simply seeks to be himself and no one else. Claude Monet