Why Don’t I Like My Art?

I wanted to write this post for those of your who think you don’t like your artwork and I know that there are several of you. I would like to offer some advice and guidance to help because I understand these feelings.  Every term I meet a few learners who don’t like and even hate the work they produce.

Our Own Worst Critics 

Firstly why don’t you like your work?  Often it because we are judging it very harshly we don’t think it is good enough or we are comparing it with others work. I had one learner who shocked me with a very accomplished portrait which I honestly didn’t think she was capable of producing after the first session of the course.

I was amazed by how much progress she had made after ten weeks of classes.  Sadly she didn’t see the progress and achievements herself, she only saw the mistakes and only spoke to me about what was ‘wrong’ with her art.

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How Do I Keep Motivated?

So you have done the course, met lots of like-minded others, got all the materials but now the course is over, how will you keep motivated?  It is easy to be motivated when you are surrounded by others creating artworks as you get to see new ways of doing things, ideas are shared and often we are motivated.  There often comes a time when the motivation dries up for most of us, then what?  I explain a few ways of keeping motivated…

Keeping In Touch 

If you can try and keep in touch with those that you learnt with once the course is over it is easier to be motivated.  A small group of learners from one of my courses have a ‘drawing meet up’ once a month to continue to inspire and encourge them.

If you don’t have a group of people from a course, try joining a forum or online group where others post imagery of their work.  It is inspiring to see work and you often can ask questions of the members. If none of the above is possible, do a course, I think taking courses with like-minded individuals is not only the quickest way to learn but also the most motivating.

Doing art courses is a great way to stay motivated

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