lessons learned about art

I have been reflecting recently about what I have learned from art teachers. You see I am about to embark on teaching my first student – I am a qualified teacher – but still feel like a student myself. What is it with we Taureans (or we artists?) that we constantly question our legitimacy? Why do I feel a fraud, when I am not? Past life memory? Anyway, I was ruminating on an even that left quite an imprint on me. Back in 2005 when I was having lessons each week and getting better and better at painting buildings (much my teacher’s continual disinterest) I expressed interest in entering this painting in a local art competition that everyone was entering and even offered a section for newbies like me.

now I LOVE this painting. Even though numerous people have offered to buy it, it hangs proudly on my wall and everyone who visits my home loves it.
so back to my story – I told my teacher I was considering entering this painting in the show, he said, and I quote ‘As long as you don’t expect to win’.
I didn’t enter the show. And the painting (charcoal actually) that won it was an exquisite abstract-y city scene with buildings! I was mystified by his comment and mad at myself for listening. But all these years later I have made the silk purse from that sows ear – I know now that I need to listen to my own inner voice about marketing my work. Sure invite critiques etc about the mechanics of making art, but at the end of the day, I need to stand on my own two feet and make my own decisions – not rely on another (teacher, husband, parent) to carry, baby or hold me back. If it is to be, it is up to me.

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