This year I’m determine to be more consistent with regular painting practice, with the focus on developing the mindset of enjoying the process rather than being too fixated on the final result.
Instead of judging the paintings success on how it is received from others (which is a fool’s errand) it should be measured by how well I feel I have achieved those things over which I have direct control – my efforts, my fulfilment and to see consistent growth in my work. I have no influence over how others perceive my work, so why let that be the measure of whether it was a successful exercise or not.
So I don’t stuff around for too long trying to decide what exactly to paint, I’ll generally browse through a folder of random images I’ve collected that seemed interesting enough to use as practice studies in the future, and just let the first image that resonates with me at that time select itself.
It is interesting after the fact to consider why a particular image may have been chosen over any other.
The visual of a crown made of feathers seems poignant in the overall discussion of validation. Regardless of whether your crown is made of gold or from feathers, if it is in keeping with where your heart lies, then wear it with pride.