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Make More, Trust More

Copyright 2016 David Limrite Artist, Teacher, Coach, Mentor Make More, Trust More

I am currently working on a small series of 5”x 7” pieces. Using a very limited palette, graphite, charcoal and acrylic, I am trying to learn how to further abstract the figure. Even though I am struggling, I am heading in the direction that I think I want to go. And, even though these pieces are not nearly as abstract as I want them to be, I like them. 

“The most important tool the artist fashions through constant practice is faith in his ability to produce miracles when they are needed.”

Mark Rothko

Make More, Trust More

We are all much better artists than we think we are. We have the knowledge, skills and talent to create pretty much anything we want. Of course we can always get better by creating more often, taking classes and workshops, and practicing in order to improve the skills we already have.

Establishing a regular painting schedule and sticking to it is one of the best ways to become a better artist. I don’t know about you, but the more art I make, the better I get, and the more confident I become.

Clearing your mind of expectations, detaching from the outcome and focusing on process rather product are also excellent approaches for better art making.

Adopting these approaches allow you to establish an appropriate mental attitude, which will allow you to be able to feel like you can create anything you wish.

Approach your work with an attitude of playfulness, risk taking, exploration and discovery. as well as an opportunity to constantly learn.

Eliminate the fear of criticism and failure by working a lot. And by making a lot of stuff.

All of this will help you increase your trust in yourself and your skills. And it will improve your confidence. I just know that the more time I spend creating and the more art I make - the more I allow myself to trust my instincts.



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