( new work )
My art has changed A LOT over the years. At first I couldn't paint at all and did scribbles in pen and ink. Then I got to a stage where I had a basic grasp of painting but it still wasn't exactly where I wanted it to be. These days, I'll be honest, I'm still not exactly where I want to be although I do feel that I can at least begin to put what's in my mind and onto the canvas. Throughout it all I shared my work on line. Back in the days of myspace ( who still remembers that?! ) I shared what I created and have done so as I have gone along. Don't get me wrong some of my earlier work still makes me cringe but it was where I was at the time. It was only through the process of sharing it that I connected with other artists and learned and picked up tips that helped me to get to where I wanted to be. Stop waiting to be “good enough” to share your work or call yourself an artist. The second you pick up a pencil or pen and scribble something down you become equal to every artist that has ever begun their journey.
( early work )
I'll let you in on a secret. Most artists never fully appreciate their work at the time they created it. I certainly don't. I always look at it technically. I always look at it in ways in which it can be improved upon. It's much more difficult for me to step back and really appreciate what I have made. Some of my songs that I wrote years ago I am only now able to listen to and enjoy them without pulling them apart musically for ways in which they could be better. The same with my writing and my painting. But imagine if I had waited this long in order to share them? Imagine if I had never put my art on line or shared my music for all those years? I would never have met the people I have met, had the experiences that I've had and laughed as much I did. You are always your own worst critic and you have to make peace with that. You also have to make peace with the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think I mentioned in an earlier blog that one of my recent pieces, the pink small round canvas, I nearly binned. It was one of those that I painted and just thought “meh” and chucked it in the corner of my room and then 2 weeks later, it sold!
Share everything. Share your progress. ALL artists remember what it is to start out. I have gotten some incredible advice over the years that has really helped me to improve what I do and I am grateful for that and do my best to share what I know with others. Your work will ALWAYS change, it will ALWAYS grow and become something new. Keep at it and don't be ashamed of what you create. All art is valid!