Do It Your Way

1 Feb

It’s good to learn from others — we all do. Whether we’re reading books, taking classes, or talking one on one with another, we increase our knowledge base when we ask questions and, most importantly, listen to the answers.

And then, the crucial thing is to take what we learn each day and apply it to our unique and specific situation. Too many artists — and writers, and people in general — hang on to every word of the chosen “expert” in their field, slavishly copying what the master does or believes in the effort to reproduce the look of the person they admire.

I Do It My Way poster by Steve Henderson

I Do It My Way poster available at Steve Henderson Fine Art

It’s more important that we hone our skills and abilities — and along with that our confidence — so that we can take what we learn to create the best that we, individually, are capable of producing. And if we’re doing it right, our artwork won’t look like anybody else’s — it will look like ours, because we see through our eyes, make decisions based upon our experience, and create in accordance with our passion.

We do it our way, individually, and the more confident we are in our skills and ability, the more sure our steps as we walk our path.

If you’re missing the basics and that’s always made you feel bad, then act — figure out a way to learn those basics and get them behind you already. If you’re beyond the basics but admire someone else’s work immensely, then study that work and see why it impacts you so much. Think, analyze, question, experiment, move.

Great artists get that way because they’re learning, and painting, all the time.

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