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Allow Yourself to be a Beginner

By July 30, 2012

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"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...

"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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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.

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