Monday, 5 September 2011

Don't Give Up

 Don't Give up!

"Herb Picker"
from my book
"How to Paint Colour and Light in Watercolour"

I have had some wonderful emails recently and many include comments from artists who feel  they aren't getting anywhere or at least are nowhere near where they wish to be as an artist. I have also had some  thought provoking questions regarding my own career.

The best advise I can honestly give anyone who loves painting is simple.

"Don't give up!"

Imagine learning any skill in life. Learning to drive, learning how to play a musical instrument well, learning  how to become trained as a physician, architect or teacher. Things do not happen overnight. Only practise will take you to where you want to be. So if your work isn't as wonderful as you would like it to be ask yourself how much time are you giving to your art?

If you are painting for a hobby enjoy every single brushstroke and have fun while you create. If however you want your art to become a professional career then you have to take a serious look at how much time you spend painting. Also consider how  you are growing and evolving from your own talent and imagination.

For me painting is a passion. I never tire of seeing new subjects or new ways to paint them. One event has happily led to another. I often feel my path was chosen for me as I have met the most wonderful contacts who happen to like my style and have asked me to write features, test products, exhibit, demonstrate or teach. The invitations that come my way are purely because I love what I do so much that it is evident and  I am happy share my passion for working in watercolour.

I paint daily. I love capturing new subjects with constantly evolving new techniques.

So am I  where I wish to be as an artist?

Definitely not!

I am further down the road in my journey from when I first set out but oh wow is there a long road in front of me and I want to enjoy every step of the way.

So I too

Won't give up!



Sparrowhawk said...

love your blog, and the write up..highly motivational and full of vigour!

Sharon Rogers said...

Thank you, Jean. Those are thoughts that have been rattling around my brain recently, and making me wonder if I shall ever achieve on paper what I can see in my head!
I won't give up.
Thanks again,

hannelore_cossins said...

Thank you, I get discouraged at times as life gets in the way of painting and my paintings not working out at times, but the call of the materials and wonderful scenery always makes me try again. I'm sure I still have a lot to learn as I only recently have really started to work with water colours.Your up-building words just make me me realise that it is worth it.
Hannelore x

Carol Blackburn said...

Wonderful words of inspiration, Jean.