One thing it took me a long time to learn was this interesting, frustrating and fascinating process of creating art. Drawing or painting or doing something once was not a great indicator of whether or not I was any good at it...or if I would improve over time. My husband is a sports guy and because we have been married almost 28 years, I have heard many, many sports analogies in regard to my creative life which unfortunately I often didn't really pay attention to until recently.
A few...Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else. Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try. Don't grip your bat too tightly. You never make any of the shots you don't take...have driven me a bit batty over the years but I understand what he's saying. Don't worry. Don't think too much. Don't give up, Plus I've come to realize that no matter how poorly I feel that my initial work can be (an embarrassment at times), if I keep going something usually comes of it. Especially when it is something that I feel committed to.
And this is why I began the 52 WEEKS projects several years ago. The first piece in each project has often left me a bit deflated when it didn't measure up to either my expectations or my comparison to others' work. But I can tell you this with confidence...it does get better. And the work begins to look very interesting when there is a series, a beautiful full body of it. Plus there is this amazing sense of accomplishment by taking that one small step at a time. And I do learn something every time I pick up my brush. It's a wonderful experience.