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"If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads." ~ Anatole France

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"i should never underestimate the power of line, straight or otherwise" ~ Barbara

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"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together" ~ Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Be kind to yourself ...


There is no doubt about it ... this painting thing is hard, but try not to be too hard on yourself. I say this, not necessarily because I follow what I say myself but mostly since I have started teaching classes again ... I see students wrestling with the process vs. the finished product.

All too often, the finished painting becomes the goal and the process is forgotten ... the love of the paints and the brushes and the feel of the rough canvas ... even the smell of the oils. That is the love. I won't say that I am not guilty of this myself but when I slip into that place where I am judging what I am doing ... it is then, I try to remember that I love doing this ...

Warm wishes,
Barbara

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Shammickite said...

Hi Barbara.... we were in touch a while ago though blogging. Your paintings are very nice. Congratulations of selling some. I'm painting with an artist group a couple of times a week and really enjoying it. And doing some quilting too, but not much, there are not enough hours in the day, plus I have 4 grandchildren now, and I spend lots of time with them.