An art goal of mine is to be mindful of all compositional elements in my work, specifically, in terms of the accuracy of perspective, values, colors, and quality of application (brush strokes, lines). This has required me to focus on these nuances, while observing tendencies that may need to be corrected in order to improve my approach. In doing so, I'm noticing how I tend to put artificial boundaries on my work.
I recently began creating watercolor sketches for a client as a quick way to relay color concepts for a commissioned project. I hadn't worked in watercolor for several years, so I was a bit rusty when I started work on the first few pieces. My frustration at not being able to control the medium boiled to the point where I wanted to quit working on the paintings. I quickly realized that I needed to let go of the idea of creating perfect work. Instead, through a disciplined approach, I allowed the necessary time to lead me to better work.
I could have quit and opted for another approach, but I continued to work. Over the course of a few days, I began to regain the confidence and understanding of how to approach the medium again. Though they were far from perfect, I was able to relay the painting concept to my client. I will continue to redevelop my watercolor skills while working on drawing and oil painting. Overcoming preconceived ideas of perfection or self-imposed barriers will ultimately allow me to fulfill my artistic goals.