What I Learned from 40 Paintings
When opportunity knocks, be ready to work. Every artist dreams of their own exhibit - a chance to show off their work. When that chance arrived for me, 6 months early, I had the challenge of readying 40 paintings - quickly.
First, I panicked. Then I called my mom and a few close friends to tell them how excited I was, then I panicked again. FORTY paintings. I took inventory and realized that I was just 22 paintings short and I had 3 months until showtime.
I decided to go for it. I signed the contract and started painting,
I learned something. You don’t improve in your craft by attending workshops. You improve by painting. I had travelled to learn from some great teachers but the notes were still on the shelf. I wasn’t learning from osmosis. The improvement came from buckling down and painting every day.
I made a list of all those ideas in my head - those photos I had stored in my computer that I was going to paint one day. Now was that day.
The show opens this week and I made the count with a few extra paintings to take back home because there was no more room. It has been a win before one piece has even sold. I learned a valuable lesson by having to paint, and paint and paint. If you want to improve, you have to create and not just read about it or think about it.