What a slacker I've been. More than a year without a post or any update to my site. I guess its because I'm a prevaricator and a dreamer. I also have really terrible levels of self confidence. Just as I think I am doing well I realise I am inadequate and should just stop. Why would anybody be interested in what I do. So many people are so much better!
Recently I saw an article about imposter syndrome and realised that's what I have. The feeling that you are just not as good as others. BUT even really good professionals get this. The thing is we all have different styles. It's easy to think someone else's style is better than yours. We should all be able to explore our creativity without feeling bad about it.
It's also good to be able to take criticism about your work. Take what someone says, see if it's true and if it's valuable to you. Is there somewhere you can improve? Beware the people who point out your errors and make you feel bad, rather than advising where you can improve. I have comments going round in my head and get upset and angry, sometimes its hard to put them aside but don't let someone put you off doing what you enjoy.
Saying that it is also important to keep improving and learning. I've been going to oil painting classes with the wonderful Nick Logan to improve my skills. He's really encouraging and I have learned so much since last September. The painting of John Lennon I started in his last class before the shut down. For me shut down is an opportunity to paint, and possibly tidy my studio to edit.
Kathryn Bell is an artist and photographer. She knows some stuff and wants to learn more which she'd like to share to help us all improve together. She's got a degree in Environmental Chemistry but promises not to bang on about the environment too much!