" As Artists We Are Only As Good As We Think We Are "
Quote by Jean Haines 2010
While teaching I often come across students and artists who have lost faith in their ability to paint. They believe they are "rubbish" with no hope of ever becoming any better than they already are. But we all start somewhere and every single famous artist was a beginner once which is so often forgotten.
Looking for the negatives often blinds our eyes to the beautiful positives!
How often do we look at one of our own paintings and see the faults in it. It is easy to believe our own critique but negative thinking can hold anyone back. Others will often only see the positives and mention how brilliant a painting is. For example, there could be mistakes seen in the monotone painting above of mountains or others could see interesting patterns created.
It is exactly the same when we look in the mirror.We see all of our faults whilst others just see the beauty in us simply being there. I strongly believe we have the power to be whatever we wish to be.
Learning to focus only on the positives in art and life really can have amazing effects.
Forget all the negatives and focus on the positives. Allow yourself to shine and grow as an artist . Enjoy the journey to getting where you want to be. There is a wonderful song with lyrics " It isn't about how fast I get there, it's the climb" and that is so true. Enjoy that climb and if you ever feel you have reached the top find new heights to reach for!
Believe in your own abilities, believe in yourself, believe you can paint and you will. Far better than you ever imagined you could.
Happy " Climbing "