It took me a while to figure out that enjoyment lies in the journey and not the destination. And while it sounds a bit over dramatic I pray that with art I continue on this adventure with no end in mind.
I was listening to a TEDx talk on music, one of my other interests, where towards the end the speaker talks about how to spot a beginner from a pro. It applies to painting as well. On this wonderful ride I’ve hopped onto the slow train it seems. But it moves and I’ve past a few Stations.
When the way ahead is daunting, take a break and look behind to mark your progress however slow it might seem. Acknowledging that will able you to move ahead with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
My niece and nephew and she’s just giving him a friendly hug even though it doesn’t seem so in my painting 😀
If you have an interest in music and Indian music in particular do listen to Dhanashree Pandit-Rai on the subject at TEDx Mumbai earlier this month.
KMP’s are skill building exercises advised by Kevin Macpherson in his book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color. I started these in 2007 and am continuing with it in 2010. If you want to know more about this set of exercises click here.