Saturday, March 8, 2014

Just stop it

A while ago I had a little chat with someone about my online classes, and about her art. She told me that she hasn't got a style of her own and gets frustrated about it often. I totally understand the frustration, but at the same time, even though I never saw any of her work, I knew she was being too hard on herself.
Just like we all have our own handwriting, our style, even when still developing (I sure hope so, because as an artist, you're never 'done' learning and developing), we also have our own style. Even if it's not that distinct (yet)
Searching for the right path, the right way and the most suitable skills and techniques, you might just be overlooking that 'je ne sais quoi' that is solely yours.

And then there's this too: as an artist, you gotta give yourself some credit!
Of course, you need to be your own critic about what you make, but also: there's always that inner critic that can really nag inside your head, and put you down. Saying that what you're doing is crap, or should be perfect.
I bet you know what I'm talking about.

I found this quote by Harriet Braiker, that I think is very suitable:
'Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing'.

Do you love the quote as much as I do?

Let's just stop perfectionism. It's not like it's going to bring us anywhere than in frustration mode.

If you want, I can give you a little push in the right direction, by handing you practical tips and teaching you about various drawing skills that can make you more confident about your art. on March 17, my online drawing course 'Just Draw It' starts, and you can join in the 5 weeks of drawing fun for only $99
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  1. I like the this text. very encouraging. especially for me. I draw very much but I always have the feeling that it isn't good enough. I must learn to appreciate myself more. Your text taught me something. Thank you very much for that.

  2. Great post, thank you for sharing it to me

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  3. So True. Not only in this field, but also on our live aspects. I've suffer from that and it's easy to change the chip: - Excelence instead of perfection. Thanks for your reminder :)

  4. that quote is going in my journal. Thanks for sharing

  5. A perfect quote! Thank you :) I can totally relate to it, wish I had found my style am too hard on myself this is the prod i needed to remind myself to enjoy the journey.
    One day when I'm not so over committed and ill I'll jump into one of your courses. Unfortunately at the moment observational drawing is just too exhausting (darn frustrating) Good luck with the sketchbook skool too.

  6. Great post Koosje! And I love the quote. I'm very new to art and drawing especially and each time I have attended my recent live class I've felt not up to scratch compared to the other more experienced students. But I have to remind myself I'm still learning and will always be learning and developing. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to your Just Draw It Class and Sketchbook Skool.

  7. Why do we even need our 'own' style? What is that anyway. Is it the fact that someones work is instantly recognisable for a certain sameness? If so then no I don't admire it. I find it detracts from proper expression and freedom when people curtail themselves in this way. I love to see artists who do one thing and then another and another, and their work is all so different and it's amazing that it was all done by just one person. It's all about 'branding' sadly, and that is something I am sick of reading about and of seeing in operation and no I am never going to aspire to it. It's just commercial people manipulating the artists and pushing them around to get a plastic product.

    I LOVE your blog by the way, it's gorgeous and so helpful and informative.


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