Derailed, But Now Back on Track
April 18, 2014
Despite my good intentions, my painting has been derailed for some time. Life intervened, and making art fell to the wayside. Thank goodness for friends whose support jumpstarted me into picking up a paintbrush once again. I was invited to tag along one of their regular weekly painting get-togethers. We met at Jello Mold Farm to paint and enjoy a picnic lunch.
How satisfying it was to put brush to paint and make a sketch. I resolved once again to make watercolor painting a higher priority in my life. Here are my new (resurrected) rules for living:
1. Begin again.
2. Take small steps.
3. Be prolific.
4. Slow down.
5. Enjoy the process.
6. Welcome mistakes.
7. Fail better
Here are some words of encouragement and advice from David Bayles and Ted Orland from Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Art Making:
“For most artists, making good art depends on making lots of art,” and
“In time, exploration gives way to expression.”