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EXPECT SETBACKS

 Current sketchbook project, 15”x 11”, mixed media on paper, Copyright 2016 David Limrite

Current sketchbook project, 15”x 11”, mixed media on paper, Copyright 2016 David Limrite


“I have never liked the middle ground - the most boring place in the world.” 
Louise Nevelson, Artist


Expect Setbacks

Whenever I start a new project, I am excited and full of hope. I begin and predict success. I take stock in the fact that I get to start fresh every time I go out in the studio, regardless of what happened the day before.

However, as you know, it is very hard to create on a daily or weekly basis, and not experience some setbacks and failures. These just naturally come with the territory.

The trick is to not let these setbacks shut down our momentum. We must keep working. We tell ourselves that setbacks are going to happen, and we create anyway.

If we are having setbacks, it means that we are taking risks and trying new things. Which is good. And it also means that we are learning and growing as artists. Which is also good.

We must risk failure to invite meaningful growth.

So, start fresh in your studio every day, predict success, risk failure, expect setbacks, and create anyway.

Best,

David


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