"Judging your early artistic efforts is artist abuse. This happens in any number of ways: beginning work is measured against the masterworks of other artists; beginning work is exposed to premature criticism, shown to overly critical friends...If you're worried about how long it might take you to become a good artist, or produce paintings you're satisfied with, if you don't try you'll never know. And if you don't try you'll still get a year older every year but you'll definitely not be any closer to your dream of being a good artist. So you might as well try and not worry about how long it might take.
"Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves. ... Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one."
-- Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way p29.
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