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ESSENTIALS FOR GROWTH

 New drawing from my current sketchbook project, 15”x 11”, mixed media on paper, Copyright 2016 David Limrite

New drawing from my current sketchbook project, 15”x 11”, mixed media on paper, Copyright 2016 David Limrite


“I am progressing very slowly, for nature reveals herself to me in very complex forms; and the progress needed is incessant”. 
Paul Cezanne


Essentials For Growth

Give yourself permission.

Always head in the direction of where you think you want to go. 

Guess and correct.

Realize that everything that goes on the surface of your creation is under your control.

Focus on process and detach from the outcome.

Make decisions, one at a time.

Realize that the piece you are setting out to create does not have to be totally planned out (and every issue solved), before you begin.

Make a mark and react. Make another mark.

Try things, explore, discover and learn.

Make lots of mistakes.

Change your mind.

Realize that there is no right or wrong. There is only what works for you.

Realize that in order to make a particular piece work, you may have to take the chance of possibly ruining it.

Listen to your materials and to your creation in progress and respond to them in such a way that allows them to create the piece with you. (You are not alone in the creative process).

Realize that there is an exhilaration in the commitment to creating, experimentation and risk taking.

Read this list again and choose the things that best resonate for you as growth building tools and put them into action as soon as you can. And then let me know how they helped you to grow as an artist.

Best,

David


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