It's amazing how in art, just like in life, bad habits constantly try to creep in and spoil a good thing.
An example: For the first time, I'm beginning to sketch and paint from memory and imagination. I'm thrilled! Before now, I had to look directly at something to be able to draw and paint it. Now, I'm able to draw a few things without a reference which is a huge step forward.
With any huge step forward will come a step (or five) backwards.
I was happily painting the landscape above, solely from my imagination, and having a wonderful time. And then I actually looked at it. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing! Apparently, I mixed up my seasons. I have an autumn backdrop with a stark, snow-covered foreground.
Yep, mistakes were made.
Not only with art but with any skill, roadblocks are constant. Thankfully, I've learned to expect them. Extra thankfully, I've also learned how to push through them.
I've written about discouragement several times before, but if you've lost your artistic mojo, I have a few tips that I hope will encourage you. Because I've been there and done that a thousand times over. Yet, I'm still here, and I'm still doing art.
And that says more than a million ugly landscapes.Read More