“The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars” -from ‘Art & Fear,’ pg. 5

This is soooo true.  I have made a half dozen really awesome pieces of art.  I have also created a rather large quantity of art that is a) well made b) more or less what I was intending/hoping for and c) is sitting around my house or yard reminding me that I still have a long ways to go.  And yeah, there is some real junk that I haven’t got around to throwing away (full disclosure).

Aye Matey, but buried in this observation is one of an artist’s most pernicious fears: that you will never get to another instance of that small fraction of art that is truly awesome.  It can consume you while you create.  Anything here sound familiar?

  • “This isn’t working.”
  • “Why did I use dark yellow?”
  • “I can’t believe I did that.”
  • “I suck as an artist.”
  • “I should go back to my day job.”

Fear is counting on your ego to get you to quit: Don’t.  Push through, it is a part of the process.  The learning process.  The Becoming an Artist process.  It’s OK to paint over it, tear apart and start over … even, GULP, throw it out.