The inspiration for my latest painting was a black and white photo of an owl I downloaded from some site several years ago – but it languished in my “inspiration” folder. I did not have the confidence to paint so complicated a critter! Then, I screwed up my courage to create an interpretation of this photograph after copying and practicing with a few fantastical owls.
My friends and family have said kind things about it. But, I have to give credit where it is due – I have an encouraging teacher and fellow students whose constructive criticisms guided the “revisions” I have made in this painting and others.
Then, the camaraderie of the class and their observations and comments that helped me to re-balance my little critter’s eyes, and deepen the background color.
So, I am still learning – and pass on another old lesson learned: Look, Accept, Apply.
- Look for teachers, people who are accomplishing, creating, and sharing their talents, and be teachable, no matter old you are!
- Accept criticism from those who love you. (I wish I could emboss this on the inside of my eyeballs!) Think about it – if you don’t know how to change something, ask for help.
- Apply what you can – and relax; you can leave the rest; just don’t lose it though. One day a friend’s suggestions – counsel — may be useful in another project.
Take all the time you need, but hurry up . . . Be confident, creative and constructive, today!
Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot. ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly