Change is part of the creative process. “I want to change my painting but I’m afraid I will mess it up.” My painting students say this constantly. The human desire for change is often met with fear, both on the canvas and in daily life. Fear of failure. Fear of what others will think. Fear of looking stupid. Fear of rejection.
Change involves risk. When there’s risk, there’s reward.
What do you risk- what is the price you pay- by avoiding the changes you desire? Giving in to fear is often the most costly. In this acrylic floral painting, I’ve painted and repainted the background over ten times. From reds to pinks to golds to shimmer to matte, and now, back to white. What’s the worst thing that can happen? If I don’t like it, I’ll change it.
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael B Jordan
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Nothing is permanent except for change. This is why Buddhists follow the philosophy of detachment closely. This is not an apathetic approach to life, but instead, a realistic one. When it comes to art, change is all part of the journey.
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