When I decided to change my career and really take my art seriously, life became a thousand times better. It was scary and difficult but in the end I can't picture my life any other way.
This week I started working on my first painting of my female archetype collection. A few long days of work later, I decided I didn’t like the way it was turning out. I took my largest paintbrush and white paint, hesitated for just a moment, and then proceeded to vigorously paint right over my work. I started over and created the artwork that you see above.
This is not something that I would have ever considered doing five years ago. I would have been scared that I would make it worse. I would have been thinking about all of the things that could go wrong; all of the “what-ifs”, if you will.
Now I realize that there is something so completely liberating about letting go and starting over, even when it’s something that you worked really hard on. While it can be a bit disheartening after that much effort, eventually that feeling goes away and this new sense of complete satisfaction and pride takes over.
I realize that starting a piece of art over is not quite as scary as starting major parts of your life over, however the basic principle is the same. If something is not going the way you had hoped and if everyday you wake up unhappy or indifferent, than welcome that change. If there is a strong foundation and it is fixable, if there is still some sort of hint of passion in it, whether it be a career or a relationship, it may be worth the time to work on it and make it better.
I can only speak from my own experience, but I will say with absolute certainty that both the life-changing choices and small ones have been worth any temporary sacrifices. So grab that paintbrush my friends, and paint a new picture right on top of that old canvas...it’s totally worth it!
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