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      • aloha bchapeskle – oh. yikes. i was very unclear. i apologize for the confusion i’ve caused. i see what you mean. and… erm… yeah… the painting of the mountain does look more like compost material than a mountain.

        what i was thinking – or meant – when i wrote the post was in reference to the painting of the blossom – the last painting. where you’ve used brush strokes that create a texture similar to the textural strokes in some of the mountain graphite works.

        yeah, i agree – to get the mountain to feel like a mountain… you might need a few more “mountain” indicators. snow capped peaks, possibly. or the perspective of a mountain range?

        still… as i see it all in all, every thing we do we can learn from in some way. and we never know what we’ve done in the past that might come to help us in something we do in the future. for this reason i save every thing i do – including the ones that do not work out right – or… turn out to look.. like… compost. in fact i’ve come to learn that i actually learn more from work that does not quite succeed than i do from work that does succeed. …not that i prefer the ones that dont work but i learn more from them… and sometimes i even prefer them… if they push edges or have ideas that are worth pursuing in other versions or in other ways… cool on your explorations…


      • Oh I see what you mean now! I like your perspective on making things that you don’t like. It helps! I usually get so frustrated when things don’t turn out, but I see what you mean. You can’t grow unless you make mistakes! I’ve known this all along, but when it comes to making art I feel so much pressure to be the best! I guess old habits die hard.

    • hahahahaa aloha again, bchapeskle – i have to laugh because i suspect you know that artists are known to be hard critics of their own work. we can however rather than be hard critics, simply be good learners from our own work. our own work is one of our best resources – among other things…

      yeah, i think you have it right – our mistakes are actually advantageous to our learning process. that’s also why it’s important to take risks sometimes too. sometimes a lot of risk in our work leads to break-throughs in our learning.

      i think it’s also unfair to judge our own work by comparing it to a master work – which is often what we do. what might really help in our growth as an artist is simply to learn from a master work rather than comparing.

      it is good to be realistic when we look at our own work. to me that just means to see in our work what we’d like to change and then do another work making that change. by making those changes we improve because we gain in experience – even when the changes too do not always work out. frustration rarely helps – unless it inspires us to try again.

      as to being the best we can be… no one will ever be a better YOU than you can be. so the way i see it, my goal as an artist is to become the best ME i can be. that probably means finding my own way in a lot of cases (especially after we have some basic knowledge about our materials and art – which is what classes and courses and workshops etc. and other things are really good for in terms of learning).

      finding our own way includes bits and pieces from the work of artists we value – not as in to copy another artist (which can be a great learning tool) but as in take what works for you and leave what does not work for you when you look at other works. learn from that to make it your own.

      it also means if we get to a point where what we are doing is truly our own work, then no one in the world will have seen it before we do it – not even our self. as human beings we do not often know quite what to think when we see something really new for the first time. …so… when you do something new… be slow to judge it. just keep exploring it and over time you’ll know if it’s good. actually if it’s really you, in your own way, i believe it will be good – may be even great and quite possibly even master works eventually if we keep working at it long enough and push it until it becomes completely our self.

      uh-oh. now i’m rambling. i do that when i get on this kind of topic. i hope you dont mind too much.

      my belief is that as an artist my goal is to become the best me that i can become. because no other person on this planet before or after me will be able to do that better than i can. so that is what i keep working toward in my art. becoming the best me i can be.

      learn from what appeals to you and you like. and let the rest go until it too has a place in you. in this way simply keep exploring – and have fun.

      because… i also believe… that if you are having fun, you will want to do it more often. we become good at what we often do. and.. we often put our full attention into what we enjoy doing. so.. explore what is fun for you to explore and see what happens.

      if you do not like something as it turns out, think about how you might change it and try that. sometimes you can change something on the same work. sometimes it’s better to simply take another work up to that point and then go in the changed direction on the new work. that way too, you have two works that you can then compare and see which you like best.

      whew. yeah. rambled. sorry. i’ll stop here. have fun. imo, that’s always important. aloha

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