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You Are Going to Suck

Sorry, but you will. It will feel awkward and uncomfortable, and you are going to suck. There’s no avoiding this. It’s just what’s going to happen.

At first.

Then you’ll get better. But often that’s not good enough for us. We’re adults. We’re used to things coming easily, learning quickly. No longer do we struggle with hand-eye co-ordination; managing any style of cup from table to mouth is now a breeze. No more difficult looping of bunny ears on the road to tying our own shoes.

Art and creativity are not that simple.

You will be learning to use your body in a new way, considering new and possibly foreign concepts of manipulating water and pigment with a hairy-ended stick. This may take a little while to get used to.

This is okay.

I promise – you will get better. It will feel better.

In the meantime… Have the courage to suck.

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Stop Being So Damn Critical Seriously, just stop. You’re doing better than you think. (and you’re just kind of being mean to yourself – so stop, you don’t deserve it)   Get more useful reminders when you sign up for our mailing list:        

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Fail Quickly. Fail Often. Just make a big god awful mess and get it over with. Go ahead and ruin 3 sheets of paper in a row with horrible slicks of mud and back wash that make cat sick look gallery worthy. Waste a half tube of yellow ochre making baby shit brown in an […]

Let Go of Perfection You can’t know everything about painting before you start. You cannot try to avoid mistakes by trying to learn what to do in every scenario before you begin. You only learn by doing. This is so important I’ll repeat it. In bold. And caps. YOU ONLY LEARN BY DOING. Art and […]