I wonder how many artists procrastinate when it comes to working on art projects. Creating art is suppose to be something artists love to do, right? Then why do I keep avoiding it? I’ve come to the conclusion I’m afraid I can’t meet my own standards. Why do I feel this way? It's obviously a lack of practice! In my "disciplined" Atelier student days, I was quite happy with the artwork I produced. It’s sort of a catch 22 thing, I think. Nowadays I don’t paint as much, so therefore my work suffers, so then I’m afraid to tackle something new. How is it going to improve my confidence if I don’t make a stronger effort?
"I've come to the conclusion I'm afraid I can't meet my own standards."
Marilyn Brown is the illustrator of a number of picture books, including "The Station" and "Girls Can!" For more information, contact her by email email@example.com
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