Sometimes I think we forget to look at the things we have achieved.
We’re so busy making the ‘bucket lists’ and rushing headlong onto the next ‘to do’ that we don’t stop and take the time to appreciate what we’ve accomplished.
I decided to list some of the things I’ve actually done since starting on this artsy adventure.
When I first started taking online classes I was convinced I could NOT draw.
I had tried and failed miserably before.
Then I took a class from Carla Sonheim and I actually drew!
Although it wasn’t very good, it was mine. And I liked it.
I have come to love my style.
Next I took a watercolor class from Jane Lafazio.
And I learned how to draw more realistically.
I’m still not as good as I’d like to be but from that class I have gone from tentative pencil drawing and lots of erasing to sketching IN PEN! No underlying pencil first.
Something I NEVER thought I’d be confident enough to do.
Another check off the list.
I’ve joined online challenges and actually shown my work! √
I’ve gained the courage to enter a few shows. √
I’ve been accepted into a show. √
I made my first gallery sale. √
I’ve submitted things to magazines for publication. √ (still working on this one.)
But I think the value is in the submitting, because that’s the scariest part! (Although I have no doubt being published will be awesome! LOL)
There are still lots of things on my list I want to do but when I get discouraged and think I’m not getting anywhere I’ll stop and take the time to see how far I’ve really come.
I think everyone should do this; you’ll be surprised to see just how much you’ve really accomplished!