Sage Advice from Artists I Admire

On another sleepless night last week, I found myself watching a video of the classical painter Juliette Aristides. During the interview and demo, she gave a lot of advice regarding the technical aspects of painting. These are important, however in my experience, emotional advice that keeps me at the easel supersedes the technical aspects. We have to actually do the thing we want to master in order to advance. Sometimes we are tempted to stop completely because doubt sets in—we are “not as good as we could/should or want to be” for a multitude of reasons. Juliette reminded me that artists of all levels experience this. She said, “Our best work only approaches but never actually hits what it is we are striving for.” The reward is in the gradual movement towards this “something.”

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