Oh self doubt. Self doubt visits me often. I would love to say I’m the most positive person but when it comes to me and my work I do a lot of back tracking.
I’m not ready, I’m not good enough, I don’t have developed skills enough to be selling ‘completed’ paintings, etc.
I said at the start of this year that I wanted to focus on honing my skills, and I’ve done a few redditgetsdrawn portraits, but when it comes to abstract art it’s very hard to ‘practice’. It’s just paint. It doesn’t look like anything so how can I practice and get better at it? That’s the negative talk happening. I recently bought Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors to ‘practice’ with colours and potentially get ideas for future paintings.
I stumbled upon Lilla Rogers website Make art that sells and she has a great video series. One of which is about art careers and how you can stay motivated. I also bought the book Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking , I have only just started it but it already hits on the fear artists feel when we critique our own work: Is it any good? People won’t want to buy it.. etc. I look forward to finishing this book and being able to conquer my fears of artmaking and produce more work.
Have you had any doubt making art or in general? What helped you get over those voices in your head?