Mistakes

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
– Richard Branson

Every time I start a drawing, I wonder whether or not it will be any good.  Sometimes I’m pleased with the result, and sometimes I say, “Wow, that sucks.”

But success in any endeavor requires making mistakes.  Art reminds me that it’s okay to make mistakes, because from them, I learn and improve.  In the spirit of openness and honesty, in this post, I have included a few of my mistakes.

In “Two Artists”, one of Robert Genn’s recent Twice Weekly Letters, he tells a true story of two unnamed artists.  The first is a perfectionist – he has a masters in fine arts, is well educated in contemporary art, and has painted a handful of large paintings.  The second is a doer – she dropped out of a fine arts program, has attended a few workshops, but has completed approximately 2,000 paintings.  Unlike the first artist, who struggles to make a living as an airport porter, the second artist paints daily from the home she owns, and earns $18,000 a month from her art.

Like many fields, art is a never ending process of improvement and discovery.  I read blogs, visit galleries, and closely follow a few artists.  But to get better, I draw and paint – and I try not to worry about making mistakes.

Now if I could only figure out how to make $216,000 a year from these sketches.

P.S. I previously mentioned Robert Genn in my post, “Look at Me!”  Whether or not you are an artist, you’ll find his Twice Weekly Letters insightful and inspiring.  You can subscribe on his website, The Painter’s Keys.  Enjoy!

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