Learning For Life

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I was commenting on another blog post, and I realized I’d typed something that I’ve wanted to say for a while. So I pasted it here as a jumping off point:

I’ve just accepted that I’m always going to be in the learning phase, and that it’s ok. It’s helped me a lot to hear pros say they toss about half of everything they create. I used to treat everything like it was going to be THE masterpiece (and still struggle with that) so I’m not willing to take risks, and it makes me wait until I am super inspired. I’m working really hard now to reframe all my work ask practice, at least for now.

I’ve been more or less hiding the painting above for a week or so. I put a lot of time into it, but it wasn’t working. I finally decided to go out on a limb and try some dramatic coloring. I definitely learned some beneficial things, but this wasn’t the fix I was looking for. I was disappointed. So I hid it.

But that’s me slinking back to my old ways of only showing my work when I feel like it’s good enough, trying to pretend like I don’t create bad work.

So I’m a learner. So I mess up. A lot. It’s going to be ok… it’s going to be ok.

One thought on “Learning For Life

  1. I guess it is only natural for most artists to see the flaws in their art pieces and always find things they just don’t like about them. I love your latest pieces best, I must say, and i can see such an improvement in the past several years. Great work Rebekah. Tho I must also say, as your mother, I don’t see your flaws (thru a mothers eyes) , and that is NOT a bad thing. I lOVe all your art pieces, but especially the last few I am so very impressed with. Your love of your work of art shows thru in you work. But also the great love for your family shows in the work you are doing as well. Great job honey. Both dad and I are so proud of you and the talent you have for painting, but most of all, for being such a GREAT Mom.
    p.s. We can’t wait to see what painting is in the works for us to see next.
    I love you always,
    Mom

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