Come Wednesday, 9.30 a.m, my housemate Seb and I will be waiting at a tram stop, headed to our art class. We’ve been taking classes with a fine artist, a fantastic man named Phillip Doggett-Williams. Every week, we get to experiment and explore our art under his expert guidance. Among the gems of wisdom we have received thus far, is this one:
“There really is no such thing as bad art. The only time art is bad is when you are trying to pretend to be something you are not.”
So true. Art is a genuine expression of yourself, your thoughts and experiences, and comes from deep within. Imitation is fine for practice, but eventually you must connect with who you really are in order to produce something sincere. I also asked about self-doubt, and he told me from his experience,
“Persistence always overcomes self-doubt.”
… which I believe can be applied to anything. So, if you believe that you are destined to be doing something, but you’re not doing it right now… get stuck into it! Jump in and give it the best you’ve got. And keep going!