The Artist's Journey was just the book I needed right now. I have found I am at a turning point in my painting journey, in which my work is starting to get some attention, which is exciting, but also means that I have started to feel the influence of pressure from this on my creativity. I have also wondered if I yet have what it takes to call myself an 'artist' in the professional sense. I was feeling particularly stuck, and wondered if I would ever be able to recreate the moments that brought about the few pieces I was proudest of. As a result, I had started to play it safe, with tired composition choices that I know from experience don't excite me.
The Artist's Journey helped to remind me that I am first and foremost making art for me, and to know that self-doubt is a normal feeling for all artists to have. This reminder, a theme repeated throughout the book, was what I needed to help free me to experiment for the sake and love of painting itself. I have produced some of my most exciting paintings out of this, with hope for those that follow, and similar love for the 'ugly paintings' that will also follow.
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