Being Human, and All That

17 Sep

“You know, it’s not a sin to make mistakes, fail to succeed on the first (or 45th) try, or generally show that we’re imperfect. The unspoken strictures that some businesses/churches/schools/establishments place upon their members/employees make following the 10 Commandments look pretty darn easy.”

From Start Your Week with Steve, the free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art

Materials aren’t free and time is precious — that being said, if more artists would worry less about creating the perfect painting and more about experimenting and getting better at what they do, then they would sooner reach a consistency of quality and create paintings with which they are delighted, time after time.

But if you skip that stage — that practicing and trying and saying, “Oh, what the heck; if I don’t like it, I’m out a little paint, the canvas, some time — but I’ve gained in experience and wisdom” — then you’ll find that you’re so worried about perfection, that you never achieve it.

Each painting is a new opportunity to walk along your path of growth as an artist. Promenade by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art

There are enough people in our lives expecting unrealistic things of us, that we don’t have to be one of them. Falling down isn’t failure. Trying and not getting it quite right isn’t tragedy. Doing something completely different, just because, isn’t a waste of time.

Go for it. Grab a different brush. Use a color you usually avoid. Shake around your subject matter. Play with your paint and see where it takes you on the next step of your journey.


5 Responses to “Being Human, and All That”

  1. featherlouise September 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Well said! i try to think of every painting and drawing as a new learning experience! 🙂

    • middleagedplague September 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      That’s an excellent, and realistic attitude. Too many people get hung up thinking that they have to look like they’ve “arrived.”

  2. beautytherapystudent September 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I love that painting you have used for this blog entry. Beautiful!

    • middleagedplague September 18, 2012 at 12:14 am #

      Thank you. Steve finished it just today — Promenade. If you click on the picture, it will take you to a larger view on the website.

  3. umanbn October 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm #


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