“It’s the canvas that’s afraid of a true painter, and not the painter who’s afraid of the canvas.”
Vincent Van Gogh
The more you create, the more courageous you become.
When I am knee-deep in creating and I am painting on a regular basis, my bravery goes through the roof. The more work I make, the more chances I am willing to take. Each time I take a risk, my courage increases.
When I am not creating on a regular basis, I am much more timid and precious with my work. And I have more fear.
If I am only painting once or twice a month, I put unreasonable expectations on myself to create “good” work. I mean, it has to be “good”, right? After all, I am only creating one piece a month. So each piece better be good.
However, if I am painting every day or every week, then I am creating lots of pieces, which allows me to to get on a roll, build momentum and take lots of risks. Some pieces end up working and some don’t, which is not necessarily the point.
The point is: the more time you spend creating, the more art you make, and the less precious each piece is. And the more courageous you become.