Artist Sandra Haynes has just had an article in the Fine Art Views Daily Newsletter, titled “Just Do It”. Here’s an excerpt that speaks to all of us:
Somewhere it has been said that after you paint a thousand canvases, you will know how to paint. Your painting style will also start to emerge. I’m working on that theory and believe it to be true. A lot of what I have painted was pretty much garbage, but it was the best I could do at the time. But guess what? Each one gets better.
Will I stop when I think I’m pretty good? Absolutely not! I will paint until I do my thousand and then decide if I need to do another thousand.
You will make a multitude of mistakes, but they’re not fatal. In fact, they are necessary…and there are a lot people out there to cheer you on.
That kind of puts things in perspective, I think.
Over the past week, I’ve made a long trip for a very sad occasion, done something which has been very exciting, and delved into a lot of research. What I haven’t done is paint. It’s time to see if my neglected brushes are still speaking to me.