I love your work! I'm 31 and already have a bachelor's in biology and will soon (hopefully) be pursuing a PhD in microbiology. But I've caught an interest in abstract painting and want to explore it as a side career. I just see great works and become overwhelmed and think "I'll never get to that level!" I don't know where to start! Do you have any advice for late starter?
Thank you! There’s no real secret and really no such thing as a late start when it comes to art. You start now, where you are, with what you have. Do a little bit each day, even if it’s just a few minutes. Start conditioning the patterns, habits, and behaviors. You can catch up on experience if you want by putting in larger amounts of time. Don’t be concerned about the level of anyone else. You are only competing with yourself and the only level that matters is your own. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can level up and build your confidence. You have to push that fear aside and work through it. People don’t have to see everything you do, but I would encourage you to share it so people (mainly you) can watch that growth and you can condition yourself to push through the road blocks currently deterring you. You’ve got this. Now get started!
How do you find your muse? What triggers your passion for each brush stroke? I just started painting again after a 5 year break after recovering from a 3 month coma and I can’t find mine anywhere. I have a studio room full of blank canvas and untouched oils and dusty brushes. I’ve tried so hard to get it back but I’ve lost my way.
You don’t really find your muse so much as your muse finds you, but your muse must find you working. The passion comes from being lost and the desire to find myself. I think you have the perfect starting point of waking up from which you can rise and do/become anything you want. Don’t focus so much on exactly where you will go and how so much as the baby steps of rising up a bit at a time after a long rest. Your life is your blank canvas now. I’m trying to get back up myself right now after losing my way. You are not alone and perhaps we can rise together.
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