Where we talk about Letting Go of Perfection…

…and being brave enough to just go for it, even if it’s terrible.



Hi and welcome to Art A&A, Art Answers and Ampersands with Lezley Davidson and

Today I want to talk to you about another sticking point in art that can get in the way of moving forward. Its something that I encounter again and again in the classes that I’ve taught – it’s letting go of perfection.

Okay, you can’t know everything there is to know about painting or a particular art technique before you try. You can’t hope to gather up all the information and know how to avoid making mistakes before you go ahead and paint. You cannot try to avoid mistakes by trying to learn what to do in every scenario before you begin you only learn by doing.

You only learn by doing.

You must paint in order to learn how to paint you must sculpt in order to learn how to sculpt. Art isn’t a theoretical exercise. It’s not anything that you can work out in your head first and then hope to apply it perfectly. It just doesn’t work that way.

Let go of the idea of gathering up all the “what ifs” before you begin and don’t let it stop you from trying.

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